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Posted on: August 24, 2022

City, ELPD Statement on Attorney General’s Findings in Officer-Involved Shooting Case

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EAST LANSING, Mich. —Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today that the Department of Attorney General found that the use of force by two East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) officers involved in an officer-involved shooting in East Lansing on April 25, 2022 was justified, and the Department will not be seeking charges against the officers.

This decision comes after the conclusion of independent investigations conducted by the Michigan State Police and the Department of Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit.

ELPD will now begin its internal investigation of the shooting to determine if any officers involved in the incident violated any terms of the department’s policies or protocols.

The two officers currently on paid administrative leave will be returning to work and they will be initially assigned to non-patrol duties during their transition back to serving with ELPD.

“We respect the decision of the Department of Attorney General and we are committed to the continual improvement of our public safety and all of the services we provide to our community,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “We will continue to work with our community and the East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Commission to build trust and transparency in our public safety operations.”

“An officer-involved shooting is never and should never be taken lightly,” said East Lansing Police Chief Kim Johnson. “We understand that this has been extremely difficult for our community, and, while this situation was challenging, it also provides us with the opportunity to reflect, grow and improve.”

Additional details will be released in the coming weeks on next steps.


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