(WWJ) The Police Chief of Shelby Township is under fire for allegedly making posts on social media deriding 'Black Lives Matter' protesters.
The Shelby Township Board of Trustees has placed the city’s top cop, Robert Shelide, on paid administrative leave following the emergence of the controversial posts on Twitter. The decision was made by a 7-0 unanimous vote.
Shelide will remain off the job while the posts are under investigation, to find out if they were in fact written by him.
The Twitter posts said "body bags for these vicious sub-humans” and referred to the protesters as “wild savages.”
The account has since been deleted.
Shelide has been Shelby Township’s police chief since January of 2015.
On Thursday night Shelide released the following statement, admitting the posts were his and asking for forgiveness:
"While an apology is insufficient and an insult to the gravity of my comments, I humbly and respectfully ask for the courtesy of forgiveness to those I have offended, to my department and more importantly to those I am sworn to serve. My record speaks to the commitment and professionalism that I have exhibited for more than 30 years without incident, both of which were compromised by my emotion."
He added that he plans to "fully cooperate" with the investigation and "seek the support and counsel necessary to ensure that my behavior and comments going forward more accurately reflect my character and person.”