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Activists continue to call for state police chief's removal

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A petition demands the removal of Michigan State Police Colonel Kriste Etue.

Three weeks ago Colonel Etue posted a meme on Facebook. It called NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem “degenerates.” She apologized. Governor Rick Snyder recently said she would not receive pay for five days of work.

Denzel McCampbell is with the liberal group Progress Michigan. He delivered the petition to Snyder’s office.

“There are thousands of Michiganders, their signatures are right there here, and it’s thousands of folks across the country who say that it’s not enough.”

McCampbell says Etue’s apology and the punishment are not sufficient.

“She shared the post and what this says is that it really calls into her judgment as the head of a police force that serves the diverse communities across the state.”

Democratic Representative Leslie Love says the Colonel should still be removed from her position.

“Cause she’s the leader of the Michigan State Police at a time in our life where things are so fragile. The racial issues here. And we see it every day.”

The governor’s office says it will make sure the petition is reviewed.