Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 5:17 PM
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) on Tuesday called for a federal probe into the assault of a Jewish Michigan State University student in an alleged hate crime early Sunday in East Lansing.
Zachary Tennen, of Franklin, said he was at a party about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Spartan Avenue, about a half-mile north of MSU’scampus, when two college-aged men beat him unconscious then stapled his lips shut.
Tennen, a sophomore journalism major, said his attackers made Nazi gestures and said they were members of the Ku Klux Klan. When he regained consciousness, Tennen said he took a taxi cab to Sparrow Hospital as no one at the party helped him.
“We condemn this hate attack and call on federal law enforcement to intervene in the investigation of this case,” CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said in a statement.
“There is absolutely no justification for anyone to be brutally assaulted especially when based upon ethnic and/or religious affiliation.”
The East Lansing Police Department’s preliminary investigation suggests the incident was not a hate crime. The department said it has identified one potential suspect by way of two witnesses. The potential suspect, a man, does not reside in the area.
East Lansing police say they are making “significant progress” in the case. No further information was immediately available.
Those with information on the incident are asked to contact East Lansing police Detective Dan Brown at 517-319-6811 .
CAIR is the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States.