Congresswoman calls for Michigan State Police director’s removal

A congresswoman representing Detroit, Michigan’s largest black-majority city, says it’s “time for a change” in Michigan state police leadership.

U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-MI, issued a statement Friday afternoon condemning a Facebook post by state police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, who shared a meme calling the recent NFL national anthem protesters “degenerates” and “a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.”

“The very point and purpose behind the NFL players taking a knee is to protest police brutality and to bring awareness to racial injustice,” said Lawrence’s statement. “While most of our police force truly serve, protect and respect their communities; racial disparities in the criminal justice system which disproportionately affect African Americans is a very real issue in this country and in the state of Michigan.

“Etue’s actions demonstrated that she is unaware or unmoved by the sense of outrage, vulnerability and fear among minorities toward the criminal justice system.”

An internal investigation has been opened to determine whether Etue violated department policy with her post. 

“The Colonel will be treated no differently than other MSP employees,” said police spokeswoman Shanon Banner. “There is a formal internal investigative process that is followed in all cases, and this process is currently underway.

“If the investigation determines she violated the policy, discipline could range from a written reprimand to a five-day suspension.”

Gov. Rick Snyder said he won’t fire Etue over the Facebook post.

Following a public backlash, especially in Detroit, where more than 80 percent of the residents are black and Wayne County Commissioner Warren Evans said her comments show “a lack of respect for the people she serves,” Etue issued a statement calling her Facebook post a “mistake” and apologizing to anyone she offended.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also issued a critical statement that stopped short of…

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