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Snyder Says He Plans To Meet With Black Lawmakers

portrait: Governor Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder says he plans to meet with black state lawmakers to hear their concerns following a controversial Facebook post by the leader of the Michigan State Police. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta. 

The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus asked for the meeting after State Police Colonel Kriste Etue posted and then took down a meme that called some NFL players “degenerates” for taking a knee during the national anthem. Etue also apologized.

The governor says he won’t fire Etue, but does intend to meet with black legislators to hear their concerns.

“Those are good things to have happen and we should go through that process.” Snyder says.

A spokesperson for Black Caucus says the group has yet to hear from the governor or the state police. The caucus has called for Etue to be removed.

Etue also faces an internal inquiry for possibly violating the department’s social media policy.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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