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Snyder says he plans to meet with black lawmakers

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Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder says he plans to meet with black state lawmakers to hear their concerns following a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police.

 

The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus asked for the meeting after State Police Colonel Kriste Etue posted and then took down a meme that called some NFL players “degenerates” for taking a knee during the national anthem. Etue also apologized. 

The governor says he won’t fire Etue, but does intend to meet with black legislators to hear their concerns. 

“Those are good things to have happen and we should go through that process.”

“I think we’re trying to arrange something in terms of getting it on the books. I’m happy to meet with them because, again, I want to hear their concerns, and I believe the colonel’s going to meet with them.”

A spokesperson for the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus says the group has yet to hear from the governor or the state police. The caucus has called for Etue to be removed.

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.