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September 20, 2012 11:19 pm

Online Petition Calls for Investigation Into Zachary Tennen Beating Case

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Zachary Tennen recovering in hospital. Photo: Bruce Tennen.

An online petition has been launched calling for an investigation into the nature of attacks on Zachary Tennen, a 19 year old college student from East Lansing, MI, who was brutally beaten last month outside of Michigan State University, where he is a sophomore.
Mr. Tennen was leaving an off-campus party one night when he was approached by two men with shaved heads. Tennen says his assailants asked him if he was Jewish, before punching and beating him,  ultimately breaking his jaw and knocking him unconscious. The attackers reportedly mentioned Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan, and stapled Tennen’s mouth shut as well.
Subsequent police investigations, however, have concluded that the attacks were not anti-Semitic in nature. Eyewitnesses speaking to police told a different version of the attacks, and have also denied that Tennen’s mouth was stapled shut.
The dearth of evidence supporting claims of anti-Semitic motivation has led the East Lansing police to refuse classification of the attacks as a hate crime. “There is no indication at all that this was a hate crime… None. Zero,” said Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham’s County Prosecutor, to the Lansing Journal. “I think it’s a shame when one person makes an allegation, and everyone takes it as the truth and gets up in arms about it.”
This sentiment has been echoed by the Anti-Defamation League, who condemned the attack upon its original exposure, but subsequently retracted their statement. In their press release, the ADL said that they met with Tennen’s family and gathered all available evidence before concluding “based on the best information currently available” that the incident should not be treated as a hate crime.
Friends of the victim, in response to what they perceive to be a miscarriage of the law started the petition on, urging the FBI and the ADL to “investigate the anti-Semitic attack on Zachary Tennen, and to determine why East Lansing police refuse to view the assault as a hate crime.”

At the time of publication, the petition has gathered more than 13,000 signatures, approximately 4000 of which were added in the last day. However, it remains to be seen what further investigations authorities would be willing to conduct. If not anti-Semitic, the attacker’s motive has not been determined yet, reports the Huffington Post. Police have an 18-year-old suspect in mind whose name has not been released and who is not currently facing charges.

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  • Peter

    There is a very good reason why Zach and his parents quieted down. Zach lied! His parent’s attorney even wrote a letter(posted on statenews website) to the prosecutor telling him that “justice would be best served by closing the case”. Sure they want it closed because, based upon the East Lansing police report released via the FOIA, Zach was intoxicated and groping/harassing a number of women at a party. He groped/harassed one women multiple times even after he was warned to stop by her friends. It became so bad, that at one point, the woman became frightened and had to wrestle herself away from Zach. It was then that her friend(Zach’s alleged Neo-Nazi) stepped in and punched him in the mouth one time to get him to stop sexually harassing the woman.

    Check out the article for more details.

    I wonder if Zach’s friends really want the FBI involved given his conduct at the party. Sexual assault is just as serious as an anti-Semitic hate crime.

  • Ari Cohen

    He is a liar, using the horrific genocide to get himself some gold and revenge for his pathetic embarrassment and viscous hate-smear of a lad who found this vile individual’s statements and actions toward certain females intolerable. I agree with an investigation that describes the incidents and actions of the liar party. That is why that vile sinister clutch of hysterical morons Zach terms his ‘family’ have shut up, their son is a beast. Let’s not forget he is an MSU “Journalism” student. Are you ready for this creature to tell you the news? What a devastating treatise on MSU and what they teach.

  • Cathy

    Notice how the family and Zach have quieted down? That’s because charging the assailant at this point (with the one-punch assault he committed) would ripen the assailant’s claims for libel and slander (based on the release of his name following any charges by the prosecutor’s office). Zach likely lost his rights to pursue an assault charge that would have been successful by lying about the Nazi salutes, Heil Hitler oration, “Are you Jewish” interrogation, KKK membership, and “stapling.”