Top Michigan State Trooper Suspended After Calling Out NFL Anthem-Kneelers
Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police, endured severe backlash when she shared a meme on her Facebook page that referred to NFL players that disrespected the flag during the national anthem as “ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.”
Detroit attorney Leonard Mungo claimed the meme demonstrated “kind of a dangerous mindset for someone in her powerful position,” the Detroit Free Press reported.
Following the outrage, the director offered an apology for sharing the Sept. 24 meme in a message on the Michigan State Police’s Facebook page.
It was a mistake to share this message on Facebook and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended. I will continue my focus on unity at the Michigan State Police and in communities across Michigan.”
The apology did little to quell the anger from the left, and more outrage ensued.
The Detroit Branch of the NAACP and civil rights attorneys called for Etue’s resignation, citing Section 4.5 of MSP’s Code of Conduct, which states that members should “maintain a level of conduct in their personal and business affairs which is in keeping with the highest standards of the law enforcement profession” and should not “make public statements on or off duty which show a reckless disregard for the truth.
The pressure worked — to a certain extent.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder did not ask for Etue’s resignation, but he did order a suspension of her pay for five days while she still had to report to work, WLNS reported.
Snyder issued a statement in which he said that Etue’s post was “inappropriate,” but that the director’s actions demonstrated that the apology was sincere, according to WLNS.
In case you’re wondering, the meme Etue shared said: “Who wins a football game has ZERO impact on our lives. Who fights for and defends our nation has every impact on our lives. We stand with the heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates. Signed, We the People.”
It is interesting that the left — the same left who believes that football players have every right to protest the American flag while they are officially on the job — threw such a hissy fit when Etue shared a meme on her personal Facebook account.
Does the director have the same right to express herself as these players do?
It’s a shame that those calling for Etue’s resignation cannot see the hypocrisy in this situation.