Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, the Director of Michigan's State Police, referred to NFL players as, "millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans," on a Facebook post. She also referred to the athletes as, "a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates," according to the Detroit Free Press.
Leonard Mungo, a Detroit attorney who has represented about a dozen black and white troopers in civil disputes with the department, said the posting demonstrates "kind of a dangerous mindset for someone in her powerful position."
It's "scary that they don't understand that America is defined by its freedoms, and one of these freedoms is freedom of speech," Mungo said. It also "has implications for why the state police ... don't have representative numbers of African Americans in their ranks," he said.
Director Etue claims the message had nothing to do with race.