Suspended Traverse City officer who displayed Confederate flag resigns

FILE - In this July 19, 2011, file photo, Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala. The Confederate battle flag has been removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, in the wake of the massacre of nine African-Americans, including a state senator, at an historic black church in Charleston in June 2015. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
FILE - In this July 19, 2011, file photo, Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala. The Confederate battle flag has been removed from South Carolina's Statehouse grounds, in the wake of the massacre of nine African-Americans, including a state senator, at an historic black church in Charleston in June 2015. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – A Michigan 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 says Peters apologized to the community and “for the stain he put on the city” and its police department. Colburn says he believes Peters’ apology was sincere.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that 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 says Peters’ behavior remains under investigation.

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

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