Police Chief In Michigan Suspended After Online Posts On Floyd Protests

Jun 17, 2020

Protesters march after a rally in Detroit, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.
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SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A white suburban Detroit police chief has been suspended for 30 days without pay and will undergo diversity training after calling in social media posts for “body bags” for “vicious subhumans” protesting the death of George Floyd. Shelby Township trustees voted 5-2 on Tuesday night on the punishment for chief Robert J. Shelide. He had been on administrative leave the past two weeks while township officials investigated posts made on a now-deleted Twitter account. Shelide, who earlier apologized, said Tuesday night that he's not racist and he said law enforcement is his calling. Two township board members wanted Shelide fired.