Shelby Township’s Board of Trustees has decided to keep its police chief after he used a pseudonym on Twitter to make comments supporting police brutality.
Chief Robert Shelide called on President Donald Trump to “unleash real cops” instead of the military to “take care of” Black Lives Matter protestors. By referring to protestors as “savages” and “barbarians,” he was accused of using language that was considered a racist dog whistle.
“I completely understand that the heat has been put on our community.” — Chief Robert Shelide
At the video-conference Board of Trustees meeting last night, Shelide defended his actions.
“I completely understand that the heat has been put on our community,” Shelide said. ”I don’t deserve to lose my job over this. People deserve a second chance. My words were hurtful to some, but other people understood what I meant.”
He apologized for offending some people but then blamed others for the controversy.
“It’s literally impossible for me to be the things I’m being called in the media and by the keyboard warriors on social media without having a track record of this behavior,” Shelide said. “I’m being crucified unjustly.”
While 2 members of the board advocated for his ouster, Shelby Township residents and the Board of Trustees were largely on his side. Shelide was suspended for 30 days.