State Police Director punished for National Football League repost

Cheryl Sanders
October 22, 2017

A top MI police woman will lose five days of pay for sharing a Facebook post in September that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem 'anti-American degenerates'.

Governor Rick Snyder made the decision to stick to State Police policy and give State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue what any other trooper would have gotten for the same policy infraction.

Etue came under fire last month for a Facebook post where she referred to NFL players protesting during the national anthem as "anti-American degenerates".

Snyder says he still has faith in Col Etue's leadership, she has served as an enlisted trooper for 30-years, and he hopes that MI can come together and find common ground to move forward, rather than rehashing past mistakes. She will still report to work and demonstrate "outstanding leadership by example for the men and women she commands", Snyder said in a release.

Snyder also announced on Thursday plans to review the culture of state government across all departments, examining inclusiveness, sensitivity training, implicit bias, use of social media and police recruitment.

Some black lawmakers want her fired. Etue still must work during the five days. "Again, she is the leader of a police force that really serves the objective to protect the folks of diverse folks across the state of MI".

The department said it would stop high-speed pursuits in Detroit, except in cases of serious crime, after a white trooper who was inside his patrol vehicle shot a black teenager with a Taser.

He asked for a review of MSP trooper recruitment practices and standards for admission and called on the agency to "expedite community outreach efforts".

Denzel McCampbell is with the liberal group Progress Michigan.

Democratic Sen. Vincent Gregory, who met with Etue and had wanted her to resign, told the Detroit Free Press that Snyder was taking the right steps by addressing cultural issues in government.

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