Michigan lawmakers are calling on the director of Michigan State Police to resign Wednesday after she posted a meme condemning NFL protesters to her personal Facebook page.
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue has since apologized for making the Tuesday post, which referred to the NFL protesters as “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans” and “a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates,” the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.
“This calls into question her ability and objectivity to lead the men and women in her department who are charged with not just enforcing laws, but also protecting and serving people of color,” Democrat state rep. Sheldon Neeley told reporters.
Several state lawmakers, including the state’s Legislative Black Caucus, called on Etue to resign, claiming she could not lead a diverse police force objectively, but Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, announced that he has no plans to ask her to resign.
Etue’s post was not viewable to the public: only her Facebook friends could view the meme. The post came to public light when one of her friends saw the post, took a screenshot, and sent it to the Free Press.
Other lawmakers were more sympathetic, however, claiming Etue was well within her rights to make the post.
“Under her, the state police have become much more professional and she’s worked hard for diversity,” Republican state Sen. Rick Jones said on the floor. “Now she’s coming under fire for sharing a meme on her private Facebook page. She has the same First Amendment rights as do the players who take a knee during the national anthem.”
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