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News from Progress Michigan

September 26, 2017

Contact: Sam Inglot,

MSP Chief Must Step Aside in Wake of Police Brutality Protest Comments

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue shared meme calling players protesting “degenerates”

MICHIGAN — Progress Michigan is calling on Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue to step down from her post in the wake of comments she shared on Facebook calling black athletes “degenerates” for taking a knee to protest police brutality.

“When such a high-ranking member of law enforcement feels compelled to share such broad, inaccurate, and shameful comments, their judgment can no longer be trusted to help protect Michigan’s diverse communities. Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue needs to step aside,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Let’s set something straight: these protests are not about the flag or about veterans or the military, they are about speaking out against police brutality and injustice in communities of color across America. That is something that law enforcement should take to heart, not use to try to divide us further. Also, it’s important to note that it’s not just professional athletes taking a knee in solidarity — it’s high school kids, college students, cheerleaders, veterans, and people from all walks of life who are willing to bravely speak out against injustice in our society.”


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