TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A northern Michigan police department will launch an investigation after an off-duty officer was seen driving a pickup truck bearing a Confederate flag around a group protesting Republican Donald Trump’s election as president.
Traverse City police Chief Jeff O’Brien tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that an internal review will start Monday to see if any departmental rules were broken.
He confirmed that Officer Michael Peters was in a photo taken from Friday’s rally.
O’Brien says officers have a right to free speech, “but also a code of conduct and other internal policies.”
The newspaper could not reach Peters for comment.
There have been several reports of threats, intimidation and racially charged violence around the country since Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election.