Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lawsuit in Federal court alleges East Lansing officers maliciously prosecuted MSU student

The incident involving Justin Socha happened in September 2010, the night after a football game between MSU and Notre Dame.
According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids: Officers Jeffrey Thomas and Anthony Fuller were investigating a house and ordered Socha and a friend to convince the residents to come outside.

After spending at least 25 minutes knocking on the home’s front and back doors without a response, the officers told Socha and his friend to sweep up broken glass in the street, the complaint says.

The officers then “intimidated” Socha and his friend and “coerced” them into spreading the glass in the parking lot outside the house, behind vehicle tires, the complaint says.

Upon returning to the home, Socha was charged with urinating in public, a disorderly conduct charge, but eventually was found not guilty by a jury.

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