Discipline expected for Michigan state police director, won't be fired

Posted at 5:18 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-17 20:11:25-04

Harsh critics of Governor Snyder are saying they expect a slap on the wrist for Michigan State Police director Colonel Kriste Etue after she shared troubling statements on Facebook.

"There is no excuse, I hate statements like that," says Rev. W.J. Rideout III. Rideout says after meeting with both the Etue and Snyder, he doesn't believe anything was accomplished since the state's top cop will not lose her job.

"It says a lot about our governor, the fact the discipline will be limited to no more than a 5-day suspension," Rideout says. "Maybe it's also because of what he did to the kids in Flint."  

In a statement to 7 Action News, Snyder Spokesman Ari Adler said a ruling on discipline for the Etue would come later this week and would remain consistent with policy for any other trooper.

"If it were a trooper, for example, anything from a written reprimand to a 5-day suspension," said Adler.

Rideout says Etue sharing an insulting post about athletes taking a knee during the national anthem can't be forgotten.

"We also expect the Colonel to follow through on her word to make sure criminal charges are brought against any troopers involved in the death of 15 year old Damon Grimes, tasered on his ATV by a former trooper in a patrol car against protocol," Rideout says.