Police veil Rather details
The university and police have refused to release details from the police report regarding the events of a Nov. 22 assault in Rather Hall.
The assault occurred in the lobby of Rather Hall and involved Iota Phi Theta members and reportedly members of the MSU football team.
Two members of the team, sophomore Glenn Winston and junior Roderick Jenrette, were removed from the team Tuesday, according to a statement by MSU head coach Mark Dantonio. University officials have not identified MSU players as being involved in the Rather Hall incident, but victims and witnesses have said football players took part.
After telling The State News on Sunday he would attempt to retrieve the police report, university spokesman Terry Denbow said Monday he did not have the police report for the incident and MSU police would be able to read the report to The State News.
When contacted by The State News, however, MSU police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said she was unable to give details of the report because the case remained open.
Typically, MSU police read reports of open investigations to The State News, but do not issue hard copies of the reports for viewing. The State News has regular meetings with the MSU police in which the contents of what happened in police reports are discussed.
Denbow said he spoke with Taylor about making the report available on Monday.
After being denied access to the report, The State News filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday afternoon seeking a copy of it and potential footage from security cameras placed in the lobby of Rather Hall.
There are several cameras in the lobby and adjacent areas that might have caught footage of the altercation.
In a statement, university spokesman Kent Cassella said the fight involved multiple victims and suspects and police still are investigating the altercation.
The statement said no details are available as police still need to identify and interview a number of witnesses and suspects.