Black lawmakers tell Snyder they want state police director to resign over Facebook post

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 06:37:18 PM. The vice-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, said Gov. Snyder wants to wait until the MSP completes its internal investigation.

LANSING Gov. Rick Snyder met Tuesday with members of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus, who still want the director of the Michigan State Police to resign for sharing a controversial Facebook meme, but say they are prepared to await the results of an internal MSP investigation.

Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, vice-chair of the Legislative Black Caucus and a former Wayne County sheriff's officer, said after the meeting that Snyder wants to wait until the MSP completes its investigation into whether Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue violated the department's social media policy, and he agrees with that.

"At that point, we'll re-evaluate where we are and go from there," Gregory said.

In the meantime, he and other members of the black caucus still believe Etue should resign, and they told Snyder that, he said.

 

 

 

Etue has twice apologized — once on the MSP Facebook page on Sept. 26 and again to reporters at the Capitol on Thursday — for sharing a Facebook post that disparaged as "anti-American degenerates" NFL players who kneel or sit during the pregame national anthem to protest racism and police killings of unarmed black men.

But she said she has no plans to resign, as requested by the Legislative Black Caucus, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, and several other groups and lawmakers. The Detroit NAACP added its voice to calls for Etue's resignation on Tuesday.

Etue, after a Thursday meeting with members of the black caucus, said, "Obviously, my comment on a personal Facebook post was very offensive and I am truly sorry. That was never my intent."

State police officials say troopers have received penalties of up to five-day unpaid suspensions for violating the MSP's social media policy.

Snyder has rejected calls for Etue's resignation, saying she made a mistake and apologized.

Ari Adler, a spokesman for Snyder, said it makes sense to await the completion of the investigation, which is expected this week.

"There's a process in place to look at something like this when it happens," Adler said. "We're going to let that process take its course."

Snyder felt "it was inappropriate for that post to be shared," Adler said.

Rep. Bettie Cook Scott, D-Detroit, a member of the black caucus and a former Detroit police officer, said after the meeting she still thinks Etue should resign. But if Snyder keeps Etue on, she should be suspended for more than five days, Scott said.

"We lead by example, and her leadership was poor," Scott said.

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