A number of news media organizations captured footage of the riot. The Ingham County prosecutor’s office issued subpoenas for this footage; the Lansing State Journal refused to comply and ten other organizations followed suit. Michigan’s shield law was at issue. The case wound its way through the state court system. In September 2000 the Michigan Supreme Court upheld their right to withhold the recordings.
As a result of this riot, a state law was passed giving judges the discretion to bar students convicted of rioting from public colleges for up to two years.
Riots in 1998, 2005 and 2013
Though the March 27, 1999, incident was the most serious of the campus riots during this time, it was not the first or last incidence of civil disturbance:
May 1, 1998: An estimated 3000 students protesting the ban on alcohol at Munn Field tailgate parties resulted in police firing tear gas at the crowd. The gathering was planned in advance by an email spread through the student body email system asking students to gather and protest the ban. The university police informed students, via the school newspaper, that anyone getting on Munn Field would be arrested for trespassing. One student crossed the fence and was arrested by campus police. Shortly thereafter, 30-40 students crossed the fence and when the remaining students saw the police unable to arrest everyone, approximately 1,500 students poured over the fence on Munn field. The students played football, frisbee and played in the rain and mud. The police then tear gassed the students, who then left and went to the University President's (M. Peter McPherson) house. When the students learned the President was not available, they then went to Grand River Ave, and a small riot ensued. The students were tear gassed for mooning the police.
April 2, 2005: An estimated 2,000 students and non-students took to the streets immediately following the men's basketball team's loss to UNC in the NCAAFinal Four, causing an estimated $8,275 in damage to the city of East Lansing and costing area law enforcement an estimated $190,389 in expenses. The April 2nd event was marked by accusations of police abuse and mismanagement. Though large segments of the disturbance were documented on video, no specific acts of violence were seen until after tear gas was launched at the students. The City Council formed a commission to review the events. The commission declined to assess blame to the students and police by a 5–4 vote.
December 8, 2013: after a win against rival Ohio State over 3,000 students gathered in Cedar Village apartments in East Lansing in celebration of the Spartans going to the Rose Bowl. Students burned couches, coats, tables, trees and any furniture that they could find. They also flipped a car. The student body created a fund for a new car for the fellow Spartan, raised well above the cars value. “Police marched away from the main couch fire, causing hundreds of students to follow singing Nah, Nah, nah…goodbye.’” The riots lasted well over 2 hours and police in riot gear eventually dispersed the crowd. The East Lansing Police Department made a controversial decision, receiving criticism, by offering $20,000 for information for the students who were at Cedar Village and also in trying to pursue charges against a student who held a "Burn The Couch" sign during the football game, which is legally outside of their jurisdiction. 
^ abc"Vancouver evokes infamous sports riots". ESPN. June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-01. "Michigan State students have rioted numerous times in East Lansing in recent decades, most notably after NCAA tournament losses in 1999, 2003 and 2005. The worst of these came in '99, when 132 people were arrested and $250,000 in vandalism damage was incurred."