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MSP director to work 5 days without pay for inappropriate social media post

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder says that Michigan State Police director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue will lose five days of pay as punishment for an inappropriate social media post.

Etue came under fire last month for a Facebook post where she referred to NFL players protesting during the national anthem as “anti-American degenerates.”

Snyder announced the decision Thursday. He says that after an investigation by MSP, Etue will remain the job, but will “have a suspension of pay for five days while reporting to work.”

The governor says he has “full faith” in Etue’s leadership.

On Sept. 24, Etue shared a meme on her personal Facebook page that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “millionaire ingrates who hate America.” She has apologized but hasn’t publicly explained why she shared it.

Some black lawmakers want her fired. Snyder says it’s time to “find common ground rather than rehash past mistakes.”

Here is Gov. Snyder’s complete statement:

“Colonel Etue posted something on social media that was inappropriate. She immediately apologized and has acted to demonstrate that apology, including facilitating meetings with various groups to hear concerns and to share the work the Michigan State Police does in cities and neighborhoods statewide to connect with the communities they serve and recruit new troopers from all backgrounds.

“I have full faith in Col. Etue’s leadership as the commander of the Michigan State Police, which I believe to be the best law enforcement body in the nation. The Colonel has served honorably as an enlisted trooper for 30 years, and I hope we can come together as Michiganders to move forward and find common ground, rather than rehash past mistakes.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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8 comments

  • jim

    Snyder is a piece of trash for doing this.
    I will be glad his days are numbered as Kriste is correct and what happened to Free Speech ?
    Like i would show up for getting paid. If she was in the post office they would have gave Her 3 Weeks with pay………

    • P

      Snyder is now and always be a Democratic. If you don’t believe that, go look at his voting record. You can put a pig in a dress, but it is still a pig.

  • Kevin Rahe

    Why would some black lawmakers want a person fired just because that person thinks it’s wrong to disrespect our flag and our country?

  • tracyd112

    So Snyder can try killing Millions with tainted water in Flint and get no punishment But let someone else use their 1st Amendment rights and make a comment and they must work 5 days for free? It is against the Law to make someone work for free . I would love to hear what the NAACP and all the other Groups would say if this Officer had been African American and punished with the same sentence 5 days of free work .By God just think of the stories that would come from that.

    • Fester

      Pat attention- Snyder hasn’t been governor for 50 years. Its was the DEMOCRATS that had, and still have control over flint-Detroit and have for the past 50 years. .
      And it shows

  • tim

    Those who kneel before our flag and anthem ARE UNAMERICAN she has a right to her opinion . Oh yes!!! unless it disagrees with the left

  • G

    I like the Phrase “Snyder says it’s time to “find common ground rather than rehash past mistakes.” Thats pretty much what is happening anyways.. Shit is getting out of hand…Its her Facebook and freedom of speech. If they want to disrespect our flag and national anthem, Then she can share how she feels about it… Plain and simple…Give her pay back!!