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Protesters calling for firing of Shelby Township police chief met by counter protesters

2 BLM protesters were arrested
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Posted at 11:00 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 23:30:28-04

SHELBY TWP. (WXYZ) — Black Lives Matter protesters and counter protesters faced off outside the Shelby Township Municipal Offices near Van Dyke on Wednesday. The two groups yelling slogans at each other during a tense confrontation.

Before the clash, Black Lives Matter protesters rallied to call for police chief Robert Shelide resignation and an end to police violence.

At least two protesters with the Black Lives Matter movement were taken into custody. One video provided to 7 Action News shows a woman arrested for stepping into the street. About 40 Black Lives Matter protesters holding signs that read "Fire Shelide" and "No justice, no peace," marched through the streets.

Calls for Police Chief Robert Shelide's firing came after he made remarks on Twitter promoting police brutality.

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In his tweets under an alias, the chief referred to looters as "subhuman" and "wild savages that should be in body bags" following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Shelby Township Trustees voted 5-2 for the chief to receive a 30-day suspension and take cultural awareness and de-escalation training.

This week, 7 Action News obtained a copy of an email apparently sent from Chief Shelide to his officers titled, "The Myth of Systemic Police Racism." It's a Op-Ed and demonstrators said it cuts to the heart of the Black Lives Matter movement.

7 Action News reached out to Shelide and Trustees for comment and have not heard back.