DEARBORN — After a closed session, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission voted recently to formally reprimand the state’s Department of Civil Rights Director, Agustin Arbulu, for making inappropriate comments objectifying women and creating an offensive work environment. Last week, it was revealed the comments included remarks about his daughter. In response, state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) is calling for his resignation, and has issued the following statement:


“Director Arbulu’s disturbing comments and actions have demonstrated he does not recognize the enormous responsibility his position holds to protect Michiganders in these increasingly divisive times. With hate crimes, discrimination and harassment on the rise, we must be able to have full confidence in the leader of a department that is so critical to preserving  the civil rights of communities across our state. Therefore, I ask Director Arbulu to resign from his position, and remain optimistic that the Department can renew their focus to protect and promote civil rights under new leadership.”