Traverse City officer who displayed Confederate flag resigns

Traverse City police officer, Michael Peters
A file photo of former Traverse City police officer Michael Peters.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Traverse City police officer suspended after flying a Confederate flag from his pickup during a political rally has resigned.

Traverse City Manager Marty Colburn says Michael Peters turned in his resignation Monday evening.

Colburn said Peters apologized to the community and “for the stain he put on the city” and on the city’s police department. Colburn said he believed Peter’s apology was sincere.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Peters was suspended with pay after he was seen Friday driving the pickup with the flag near a group protesting the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Peters also was seen drinking a beer in a restricted parking zone. He had previously parked the vehicle displaying the flag in the police department’s lot.

Colburn said Peters’ behavior remains under investigation.

The Associated Press was unable to find a telephone number for Peters.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle

Photo of Peters courtesy WPBN, the NBC affiliate out of Traverse City