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Spartan Football Senior DE Demetrius Cooper stands accused in a court of law for spitting in the face of law enforcement over a ticket!

Spartan Football Senior DE Demetrius Cooper stands accused in a court of law for spitting in the face of law enforcement over a ticket!

Spartan Football Senior DE Demetrius Cooper stands accused in a court of law for spitting in the face of law enforcement over a ticket!

East Lansing, MI

Michigan State senior DE Demetrius Cooper has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after he allegedly spit into the face of an East Lansing officer according to reports that Spartan Nation is in possession of.  The alleged incident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Oct. 30, 2016

That is when the officer who works for Parking and Code Enforcement said he witnessed a motor vehicle parked illegally in front of East Lansing business Noodles and Co. The officer then proceeded to issue a ticket for the offense of impeding traffic.  It was then that the 6’5” 253# Spartan DE confronted the officer upon coming out of the aforementioned business and was made aware that a citation was being written.

The report stats that Officer David Dalen informed Cooper of the ticket who then proceeded to return to eating establishment.  Cooper was advised that he could receive an additional ticket if his Impala was not removed for being parked illegally.

The officer alleges Cooper said, “I’m going to spit in your face. I should spit on you right now,” and the police say he then, “Intentionally spit a large amount of saliva directly in Officer Dalen’s face.”  

Cooper’s recollection differs.   He acknowledges he was frustrated and confused why he could receive another citation and said he did tell the officer he should spit on him, but did not.

Cooper posted $500 bond.  While a plea deal is anticipated, one has not been reached as of yet.  I reached out to Michigan State official Ben Phlegar who is the football Sports Information Director (SID) and he had no comment on the incident.

Spartan Nation will continue to monitor this and other details of the Spartans tumultuous offseason woes after a disappointing 3-9 season.


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