Michigan State Police Director: NFL Players Are 'Anti-American Degenerates'

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.

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.

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KateMore
KateMore

Cognitive bias and disgusting position toward social justice aside, I'm pretty sure it's not okay for a public figure in charge of such essential operations to a city to take such a polemic stance on such an issue. I want to see more demand from the public for such officials to be level-headed, wise, and just in their communication and decision making.

aadunlapesq
aadunlapesq

people like her are intolerant to the views of anyone outside their circle and don't realize that everyone doesn't experience America in the same way. Many whites actually believe that black people are treated equally and have the same opportunities of all other Americans. So it makes sense that if this were the case any actions of protest would be disrespectful. Yet they fail to acknowledge that inequality exists. Therefore, they feel justified in their criticism

benwelgoed
benwelgoed

"It also 'has implications for why the state police ... don't have representative numbers of African Americans in their ranks,' Mungo said."You think?, or is to you thinking an out-of-the-blue totally new concept perhaps?

siochain
siochain

So many people pass a judgment based on a belief system without exploring what people outside their small group of like-minded friend. I am comforted by the actions of the football players that show they are not simply mindless sell-outs. Maintaining status quo as not threaten their securities. Sometimes people want to call names without looking beyond the action and try to understand why the opposition. In my mind you would think a person serving the public would not be quiet so closed minded, She has to read the news and see what I see, which and an attack on people of color. the poor and of anyone with a different thought than theirs. The actions are not a disrespect of our military service people or veterans Its a statement that in this country to many die at the hands of our police "force" and often due to passing judgments on people they never took the time to know.

Passiflora
Passiflora

What did she think the reaction was going to be? She is in a position of power in the community which should remain absolutely neutral. All her comments and remarks reveal is that she has poor judgement and presumably shouldn't be holding office.