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U-M police send tunnel incident investigation to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor

November 13, 2022
<p>Coach Mel Tucker at the MSU V. Wisconsin game. The Spartans took victory over the Badgers 34-28. Held at the Spartan Stadium held on October 15, 2022.</p>

Coach Mel Tucker at the MSU V. Wisconsin game. The Spartans took victory over the Badgers 34-28. Held at the Spartan Stadium held on October 15, 2022.

Photo by Denille Reid | The State News

The police investigation into the tunnel incident following the Michigan-Michigan State game has officially been turned over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Melissa Overton, the U-M Deputy Chief of Police and Public Information Officer announced the update Saturday night in a statement.

“In collaboration with our law enforcement partners and Michigan State University, UMPD has thoroughly investigated what occurred,” Overton said in the statement. “The case has been turned over to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.”

She also confirmed no further information will be shared at this time.

“We understand and appreciate your interest in this unfortunate and unusual incident,” Overton said in the statement. “Consistent with our commitment to transparency and due process, we will not share further information pending the prosecutor’s office review.”

Video footage from the tunnel showed two separate altercations following the game on Oct. 30. Eight MSU players have been suspended from the team following the incident.

Redshirt sophomore linebacker Itayvion 'Tank' Brown, freshman defensive end Zion Young, junior safety Angelo Grose and redshirt sophomore cornerback Khary Crump, senior linebacker/defensive end Jacoby Windmon, redshirt junior cornerback Justin White, senior defensive end Brandon Wright and freshman cornerback Malcolm Jones were suspended after video footage was reviewed the day after the incident. 

Head Coach Mel Tucker last spoke on the incident Saturday during his post game press conference, before the U-M police made the news that the investigation had been handed over to the prosecutor public.

“Those guys will be suspended until the investigations have taken place and at that point we’ll regroup, so we’re just taking it one day at a time,” Tucker said.

This is a developing story. Stay with The State News for continued updates.

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