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Etue faces internal discipline review

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An internal review has been launched of a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police.

Colonel Kriste Etue may have violated the department’s social media policy.

The post called NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem “millionaire ingrates” and “degenerates.” Colonel Etue took the post down after it went public and apologized for sharing it.

But it appears she may have violated the department’s social media policy, which says, among other things that posts on personal social media sites should not impair working relationships, or damage the public perception of the department.

A department spokesperson says Etue will be treated like any other state employee accused of misconduct. She could receive a written reprimand, or suspension for as long as five days if found responsible for violating the policy. Governor Rick Snyder says he’s standing by her, and will not ask for her resignation.

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.