Posted on September 27, 2017

Michigan State Police Head Under Fire Over NFL Protest Post

David Eggert, Associated Press, September 27, 2017


The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus on Wednesday called for the resignation or firing of the head of the State Police for sharing a Facebook post calling NFL players who protest during the national anthem “anti-American degenerates.”

The caucus, which is comprised of 22 Democratic legislators, said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue — who has apologized — can no longer be trusted to fulfill her duties in an objective and unbiased manner. Liberal activists and at least one Democratic gubernatorial candidate have also called for her ouster.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder will not ask her to step down, spokeswoman Anna Heaton said.

“The colonel said she made a mistake and publicly apologized,” she said. “She has served with distinction as an outstanding public servant for decades.”

The post Etue shared on Sunday, which was signed “we the people,” calls the protesting players “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans.” It also called them “rich, entitled, ungrateful.”

The post angered lawmakers, especially in Detroit, where a state police trooper last month fired a Taser at a teenager in a chase before the 15-year-old crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died.