Michigan Student Says Assault Was Hate Crime

Zachary Tennen says he was beaten and his mouth was stapled shut because he is Jewish.
3:00 | 08/29/12

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-- East Lansing are saying tonight they believe it's unlikely an assault on a student over the weekend was a hate crime. But the victim and his family Eric telling us tonight that they believe it lies in just -- -- little. Listen columnist with a broken Jahri paired with wires today nineteen year old -- -- and is talking about what he says happened to him early Sunday morning. At an off party campus near MSU. I mention that during Nazis and includes you can. Written. -- -- -- He says to young -- asked him -- he was Jewish he said yes. And then he says about twenty minutes later. Then came up behind me and -- in the constitutional. In knocked me unconscious -- -- -- listening balloon after. This act took a cab to the hospital where a staple was found inside his mouth. He later called his mom and dad dad Bruce did talk to us tonight but asked that we use -- -- since he had some minor surgery on his face today. What these people did. Obviously was a heinous. Crime and the whole thing is just beyond sickening to me. Police East Lansing have been investigating. And while -- and his parents believed this was clearly hate crime. Police say after talking to witnesses they don't believe it is. They felt that it had to do something with the girl Bruce -- says -- is proud to be Jewish just returned from a trip to Israel. And Zack says he can't understand why anyone would do this for any reason. Multiple times. In -- and Hitler. Nazis times. And that's the only thing that I noticed. Reward and punishment. Police say they have identified a possible suspect Bruce -- says if he's arrested and charged with assault. And not ethnic intimidation or a hate crime he plans to hire a lawyer and try to take the case to federal court. I'm -- -- seven action news.

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