Police Director’s Pay Docked for Offensive Post About NFL Protesters

Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall takes a knee during the national anthem before a game. AP / Jack Dempsey

A Michigan police director is out of a week’s pay for a social media post that derided NFL athletes who sit or kneel during the national anthem.

On Sept. 24, Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue posted a condemnatory status about NFL players who don’t honor the national anthem before games.

In the post, she referred to them 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 on the statement just days later.

“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,” Michigan ACLU Director Kary Moss wrote on Facebook in response to the Etue’s post. “She undermines her own position and the trust of the community with these remarks and utter disregard of the people she represents.”

Now, amidst calls for Etue’s resignation from the Legislative Black Caucus, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the Detroit branch of the NAACP among others, the Michigan Police Department is suspending her for five days without pay.

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Kenneth Reed, a spokesman for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, said Etue needs to resign or be terminated. He says the director’s words demonstrate that she’s contributing to a toxic police culture.

“It’s unacceptable all the way around and people are getting tired,” Reed said. “She gets a suspension … and she gets to walk away from this thing.”


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