Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue is the director of the Michigan State Police. On Sunday, she shared a message on her personal Facebook page which stirred up trouble, and has the local ACLU accusing her of undermining the trust of the community.
Etue’s shared message of a meme related to the NFL national anthem controversy. Signed “We the People,” it said athletes who take a knee during the pre-game national anthem are “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans” and “a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.”
The message could only be directly viewed by Etue’s friends; however, it drew outrage when it was first reported by the Detroit Free Press early Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday, Etue apologized for the post, saying, “It was a mistake to share this message on Facebook and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended,” Etue’s post read.
“I will continue my focus on the unity at the Michigan State Police and in communities across Michigan.”
The ACLU director in Michigan, Kary Moss, wrote on Facebook, “It is the sworn duty of the State Police Director to uphold the Constitution which protects all people in this State and to demonstrate respect for those principles.”
“She undermines her own position and the trust of the community with these remarks and utter disregard of the people she represents,” Moss continued.
The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality suggested that Etue should be fired. In a news release Tuesday, coalition spokesman Kenneth Reed said, “Etue’s words simply reflect the continued racist actions of the Michigan State Police, both in how they treat our citizens and in how their hiring demographics fail to even approach equity.”
Reed further stated: “There needs to be complete overhaul of the department, and we urge the Michigan Black Caucus to call an emergency meeting to address the issue and develop a list of demands…”
Other groups – including the liberal group Progress Michigan and The Michigan National Action Network – also called on Etue to resign.
Etue’s shared message also drew support for her and the message.
“Good for her,” Dale Bogard of Plymouth, a retired information technology worker from Ford, reportedly said in an e-mail to the Free Press on Tuesday. “It’s high time people stood up for decency and respect for this country.”
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