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Detroit mayor: ‘Lack of respect’ from state police director

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Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue

DETROIT (AP) — The mayor of Detroit says the head of the state police has committed a “serious breach of trust” by sharing a Facebook post that called some NFL players “anti-American degenerates.”

Mayor Mike Duggan’s statement doesn’t specifically call for the ouster of Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. She has apologized, and Gov. Rick Snyder says he won’t fire her.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers his first State of the City address at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center February 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Etue shared a Facebook post signed “we the people.” It calls NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans.”

Duggan says the message “shows a lack of respect for the people she serves and the post she holds.” He was joined in the statement by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    If the players who kneel for the anthem are attacking the anthem, our flag and the ideals on which our country was founded – as many of those who oppose them as well as some of those who support them take that gesture – then Col. Etue is absolutely justified in her characterization of those players. If, on the other hand, they are NOT attacking our country’s foundational sensibilities, then they need to apologize and choose a different form of protest that won’t be taken that way.

  • steve

    I don’t think that any politician from Detroit ought to be casting aspersions on anybody except others of the same ilk. Over the last fifty years or so, the Democrats have ruined the city morally, economically and ethically.

  • Push To Talk

    Aww the snowflake is butt hurt. Truth hurts eh?
    After what the Democrats have done to Detroit over the past 50 years it takes a special type of arrogance to whine about real Americans standing up for Real America.
    And the Dems call us Deplorables ..lol. A name I am proud to accept.

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