Shelby Township police chief on paid leave, could face further disciplinary action over social media posts

Robert Shelide made posts to a personal Twitter account

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Shelby Township’s police chief was placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation into alleged comments he made on social media about the George Floyd protests across the country.

Chief Robert Shelide has apologized for his actions. He could face further disciplinary action.

READ: Shelby Township police chief on paid leave over social media comments about George Floyd protests

A meeting was held inside Shelby Township City Hall on Friday. Because the hall is closed to the public, part of the meeting is being held on a Zoom audio call. The meeting lasted for at least five hours.

Shelide had a personal Twitter account where he posted inflammatory statements regarding the civil unrest around the country. The township supervisor said that the Tweets were unprofessional and could be considered racially insensitive and derogatory.

The meeting on Friday was the second opportunity for the public to weigh on on the controversy. Most people in the meeting called on Shelide to be fired for the comments he made.

A decision on the chief’s future employment will be made on Tuesday.

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