EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The East Lansing City Council has requested Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel drop the case against a 20-year-old man shot by police officers in a Meijer parking lot despite evidence that shows the charges are justified.
Authorities said officers shot DeAnthony VanAtten in a Meijer parking lot in April. According to authorities, East Lansing police responded to a weapons complaint at the Meijer on Lake Lansing Road. Police said they saw a man matching the description of the 911 call inside the store and pursued him outside. Officers said they shot VanAtten after an altercation.
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After a review of the evidence, Attorney General Dana Nessel announced in August that her department will not seek charges against the officers involved. However, she revealed VanAtten would face multiple weapons charges.
Despite the evidence from the camera footage and reports examined by Nessel, the Independent Police Commission filed a motion to consider dropping the case altogether and asked City Council members for support.
It appears from comments at a meeting that city council members want the case kept “in house” rather than decided at the state level.
“And so it makes sense for things to work its way to East Lansing City Council and for us to weigh in on the matter and discuss whether or not we think this is the right direction or the wrong direction or what,” said Dana Watson, with the East Lansing City Council. “Keeping it within our county and asking us to be able to deal with it on that level made more sense to us,” Watson said.
The East Lansing Independent Police Oversight Commission will meet again Oct. 5.