by Michael Mach 1:48pm Sunday, Apr 6

The following was written/recounted/posted by Michael Mach as a Facebook note on Sunday afternoon, April 6th, regarding the Cedar Fest riots of Sunday morning.

By the numbers

3,000 to 4,000
Estimated size of the crowd at Cedar Fest

Total number of police officers and sheriff’s deputies dispatched.

Number of arrests.

The number of MSU students arrested.

Number of tickets issued, of which half were given to MSU students.

Number of rounds of tear gas fired. In addition, officials fired 20 stingball grenades, 20 “flash bangs” and 24 smoke grenades.

Number of reported fires.

Number of damaged police vehicles. A windshield was smashed in one vehicle. The left rear window was smashed in another.


10:25 p.m. Crowd takes over roadway at Cedar Street and Waters Edge.

10:44 p.m. Officers put on helmets due to bottles being thrown.

12:12 a.m. Officer hit by fireworks in the 200 block of Cedar.

1:23 a.m. Request for additional units at Cedar and Waters Edge, crowd has become violent.

1:27 a.m. Fire reported at River and Victor streets.

1:28 a.m. Request for even more units at Cedar and Waters Edge — out of control.

1:32 a.m. Chief Wibert advises officers to put out and mobilize for dispersing the crowd.

1:39 a.m. Chief Wibert advises to give announcement to disperse.

1:46 a.m. Announcement to disperse read four times on loudspeaker on north side of crowd.

1:58 a.m. Announcement to disperse read at River and Waters Edge.

2:03 a.m. Announcement to disperse read twice at Cedar and Waters Edge. Windshield broken on East Lansing police truck.

2:07 a.m. Smoke and “flash bangs” launched. Little effect on the crowd.

2:09 a.m. Fire reported in dumpster at 1128 Victor St reet

2:16 a.m. First tear gas deployed.

2:51 a.m. Fire reported in dumpster at 251 River Street

3:11 a.m. All is quiet.

Source: East Lansing Police Department