NOTE: The Investigation Continues
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Probe continues into Confederate flag incident
TRAVERSE CITY — An investigation into a Traverse City police officer who drove a Confederate flag up to a political rally will continue after his resignation. Traverse City police Chief Jeff O'Brien said detectives continue to interview witnesses who saw former Officer Michael Peters at a Nov. 11 "Love Trumps Hate" rally. http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/probe-continues-into-confede...
BREAKING: Officer Michael Peters drove a pickup truck decorated with a Confederate flag to a rally on Friday at the Open Space, parked illegally, and drank beer as he protested. He allegedly engaged in confrontation with citizens attending the rally..
BREAKING: A Traverse City Police Department officer is facing an internal investigation after attending a community rally Friday night with a Confederate flag displayed on his truck. The rally was held in the Open Space to protest President-elect Donald Trump. Multiple witnesses stated Officer Michael Peters, off-duty in civilian clothing, drove up to the rally displaying a Confederate flag, parked illegally, consumed alcohol outside of his vehicle, and then drove away from the event. TCPD Chief Jeffrey O'Brien confirmed to The Ticker he positively identified Peters from event photographs and is ordering an internal investigation. "I have told him to report to my office at 8am Monday morning," O'Brien says. "He is not scheduled on duty until then. I want to stress this is not how the TCPD presents itself or what we're about. We respect all different races, sexual orientations and creeds, and we are committed to making sure everyone is equally protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. We are going to have to look at his behavior and weigh his First Amendment rights and freedom of speech against his employment with this department. I concur with the concerns (that have been expressed), and we certainly know officers are held to a higher standard. But he has a right to due process, so we will be conducting an investigation." Peters, who could not immediately be reached for comment, is assigned to Traverse City's Community Policing Service Area 2, which covers the downtown district, Slabtown, the Governmental Center and Greilickville.
Confederate flag-flying officer suspended
Police chief to community: 'I hear you' http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/confederate-flag-flying-offi...
UPDATE: Traverse City Police Department Officer Michael Peters has been suspended from the department following his appearance at a Friday night community rally where he displayed a Confederate flag, negatively interacted with protestors and consumed alcohol before driving away from the event. TCPD Chief Jeff O'Brien announced the suspension today in a public statement, telling community members he had heard their concerns and that "we hold our officers to a higher standard, and the flag incident will be fully investigated." Per Peters' union contract, he will be suspended with pay during the investigation. "Understand that cool heads will prevail," O'Brien said. "The officer has due process and also is protected under the Constitution. That process is sometimes slow."
An Open Letter to Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O’Brien
With an understanding that you are committed to the often lengthy path of due process, note that his recent conduct was dangerous to the safety of the community which your department is sworn to protect, and it has damaged trust in local law enforcement... http://www.democracy-tree.com/small-town-cop-flies-confederate-flag-love...
Officer faces criminal, internal investigation after flag incident
Peters had displayed Confederate flag before http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/officer-faces-criminal-inter...
'This is the North, people'
TRAVERSE CITY — There's only one place Traverse City police Chief Jeff O'Brien believes a Confederate flag should be displayed: In a museum. But an incident at a Nov. 11 rally against President-elect Donald Trump brought such a flag in front of a divided community. City police Officer Michael Peters faces criminal and internal investigations after he drove a pickup truck flying a Confederate flag to a "Love Trumps Hate" rally at the Open Space, parked in a restricted zone and drank a beer. http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/this-is-the-north-people/art...
Photographs of Peters circulated worldwide, prompted his suspension and two investigations by his employer of 18 years. Peters announced his resignation Monday at about 6 p.m., said Traverse City Manager Marty Colburn.
Video of official police department investigation announcement: https://www.facebook.com/TraverseCityTicker/videos/1143155339105646/
Officer resigns amid Confederate flag investigation
A Traverse City police officer under investigation for displaying a Confederate flag and drinking a beer outside an anti-Donald Trump rally resigned as photographs of the incident circulated worldwide. Michael Peters announced his resignation Monday at about 6 p.m., said Traverse City Manager Marty Colburn. Peters' behavior remains under investigation, City Manager Colburn said. http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/officer-resigns-amid-confede...
Editorial: O'Brien's response sends a clear message
O’Brien had spent most of his tenure as chief working to build bridges with community members, to counteract a few prior officers’ behaviors that provided unequal treatment to citizens in his hometown. It was difficult work as he attempted to cleanse bad actions with good, to wash the department clean. And until now his promises of change hadn’t endured a significant test. O’Brien’s leadership during the past four days send a loud and clear message. http://www.record-eagle.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-o-brien-s-respo...