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Special prosecutor will investigate Diamond Lake SandBar party

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 10:44:44-04

LANSING, Mich. — The attorney general’s office will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate a party that went viral at Diamond Lake last week.

The office will review the investigation being conducted by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and handle any criminal charges filed as a result of that effort, Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi said.

A video, which was originally posted to Diamond Lake SandBar’s Instagram page, shows a large group of people partying and went viral over Fourth of July weekend.

An organizer said the event has been going on for several years now and isn’t associated with any local businesses or associations.

He said organizers asked people to social distance, but can’t control everyone’s actions, and he isn’t worried that the event will cause mass spreading of the coronavirus.

Jarvi said reports of violations of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders should still be directed to law enforcement where the alleged offense occurred. In this case, the Cass County Prosecutor's Office requested the attorney general’s office to investigate because of a potential conflict of interest.