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Calls for MSP trooper's resignation after controversial editorial is published

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Posted at 11:24 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 23:34:35-05

MONROE, Mich. (WXYZ) — An editorial written by a Michigan State Police trooper is sparking outrage in Monroe.

The officer identified as Rodney Goss submitted the op-ed in the Monroe News on Feb. 2. It's filled with racial overtones and misleading statements.

Goss made multiple false claims and wrote, "Stop villainizing us for doing the same exact things you already did. The left rioted, looted and burned innocent people’s property for over four months. The right damaged and entered one government building."

He also wrote in the op-ed: "Stop with the white privilege nonsense," and "Stop attacking the nation’s history because it hurts your fragile feelings."

Michigan State Police released a statement to Action News that reads:
"We fully recognize that our members, as individuals, have constitutionally guaranteed rights to free speech, no different than any other American. While his speech may be constitutionally protected, we are disappointed by the divisive nature and tone of Goss’ letter to the editor and do not find it in keeping with the high standards of professional decorum expected of members of the Michigan State Police," said Lt. Mike Shaw.

Some residents in Monroe are calling for Goss' resignation and believe he violated the agency's code of conduct.

7Action News made multiple attempts to contact Goss without success.