• Authorities want priority in FAMU hazing probe


    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.,None - FDLE has asked that Florida A&M officials suspend any ongoing investigations into a band member's alleged hazing death.

    The state's leading law enforcement agency wants Florida A&M and the Board of Governors to hold off on any investigation into Robert Champion's death so it doesn't interfere with their investigation.

    Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey also asked that any ongoing disciplinary or administrative reviews be suspended until the agency completes its investigation.

    Champion's death on November 19th was the result of a suspected hazing incident, after the school's "Marching 100" band appearance in Orlando.

    Florida A&M officials have already expelled four students and fired longtime band director Julian White.

    Bailey sent letters Friday to FAMU President James Ammons and Chancellor Frank Brogan requesting their cooperation in the matter.

    Ammons had said earlier Friday he was suspending the activities of a task force he formed last week.

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