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Report: Michigan State DL Spit In Officer's Face

The Spartans' defensive lineman was arrested in late October.

Michigan State rising fifth-year defensive lineman Demetrius Cooper was arrested in late October after allegedly spitting in an officer's face, according to a report.

Cooper was allegedly parked illegally outside a restaurant in East Lansing, Mich. on Oct. 30, 2016 before the incident with the officer.

From The Detroit News:

The incident occurred around 8:50 p.m. Oct. 30, 2016, when an officer with Parking and Code Enforcement said he saw a car parked illegally in front of Noodles and Co. in East Lansing. The officer issued a citation for impeding traffic and was confronted by Cooper, 21, who came out of the restaurant when he saw he was being given a ticket.

According to the report, PACE officer David Dalen explained the citation and Cooper headed back into the restaurant, at which time he advised Cooper he could receive another citation if the Chevrolet Impala remained parked illegally. That’s where the stories differ.

Dalen claims Cooper said, “I’m going to spit in your face. I should spit on you right now,” at which time police say he did spit on Dalen. Cooper’s statement in the police report said he admitted 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 was scheduled to be in court today.

You can read the full report here.