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Michigan State Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit) speaks out about “taking a knee,” racial profiling, and use of excessive force against people of color by some police officers, and words by Republican politicians in Michigan who try to dictate when and how black people can protest the injustices they face.

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Sen. Young was responding to Michigan Republican senators who had voiced their support for inappropriate words posted on Facebook by the director of the Michigan State Police, Col. Kriste Etue. The director had called those who take a knee to protest police brutality, “ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans” and “arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.” The Michigan State Police have come under scrutiny for the recent death of a 15-year-old black boy, Damon Grimes. Grimes had been riding an ATV in Detroit when he was tased by the Michigan State Police from the window of a moving vehicle, causing Grimes to crash and later die.

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