Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Petitions turned in calling for Snyder to remove Col. Etue from job

Petitions turned in calling for Snyder to remove Col. Etue from job

A MI police director is out of a week's pay for a social media post that derided NFL athletes who sit or kneel during the national anthem.

In a news release, Snyder said: "Col. Etue posted something on social media that was inappropriate".

It may also be important to point out that it isn't necessarily a statement supporting the National Football League protests. State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint), chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus called the governor's decision "tone deaf". The repost certainly did that.

Color of Change, Progress Michigan and State Rep. Leslie Love delivered the petition to the governor's office Friday morning.

Etue, according to Snyder, had a 2016 salary of $155,000 and will be expected to be at work and show leadership for the days that she is not paid.

Snyder says he still has faith in Col Etue's leadership, she has served as an enlisted trooper for 30-years, and he hopes that MI can come together and find common ground to move forward, rather than rehashing past mistakes.

His office has said that the governor plans to reappoint her in 2018 as State Police director. He says the director's words demonstrate that she's contributing to a toxic police culture.

"What Col. Etue said personifies all the negatives, all the bigoted comments that people fear about police and then the governor stands behind her", Love said.

"I don't think she should have been punished at all", said Cieslak, one of several people who have called the Free Press in recent weeks to express support for Etue, . Etue still must work during the five days.

"I have full faith in Col. Etue's leadership", Snyder added.

He also said is an opportunity to restore civility when dealing with controversial issues.

In his statement Thursday, Snyder said he's ordered a review of trooper recruit practices and the standards for admission. Michigan ACLU executive director Kary Moss demanded Etue's resignation because in reposting a message she demonstrated "a complete disregard for these constitutional principles and the highly relevant concerns of athletes who are protesting".

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