State police director in Facebook meme controversy formerly at Brighton post

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Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, the first woman to serve as a director of the Michigan State Police, finds herself in the middle of a firestorm for sharing a meme on Facebook that called NFL players who took a knee or linked arms on Sunday “degenerates” and “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans.”

For those of us who have been in Livingston County a while, her name might sound familiar, and for good reason: Etue is a former Brighton Township resident, and she was assigned to the Brighton Post of the Michigan State Police during the early 1990s.

Today, calls for her to be fired, as well as messages of support, are swirling about as her Facebook share becomes a news story across the country. This all happens during a time, as detailed in this Detroit Free Press story, in which the MSP has been noted for a lack of diversity, and after the death of a teen a state trooper fired at with a Taser while in pursuit.

As it stands now, Etue apologized for her post, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he won’t be asking for her resignation.

You can read Etue’s MSP biography by clicking here.


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