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Michigan State Police Colonel Etue to give up five days’ pay after Facebook post

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Colonel Kriste Etue, Head of the Michigan State Police.

The governor has made a decision on disciplinary action for the head of the Michigan State Police.

Governor Rick Snyder has ordered Michigan State Police Colonel Kriste Etue to give up five days of pay while she reports to work.

Colonel Etue shared a Facebook meme that called NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem “degenerates” and “unpatriotic millionaires.” She took it down, and apologized. The governor continues to resist calls for her to step down. He said in a statement this is an opportunity to restore civility when dealing with controversial issues. The governor also ordered every department in state government to review their practices to ensure cultural awareness and sensitivity. He also ordered new initiatives to instruct law enforcement officers and recruits about fair policing practices.

She took down the post and apologized.

In a statement the governor said he has – quote – “full faith in Colonel Etue’s leadership as the commander of the Michigan State Police.”

The governor also ordered every department in state government to ensure their policies promote diversity and inclusiveness. 

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.