SHELBY TOWNSHIP, MI – The Chief of Police for Shelby Township was suspended after a now-deleted tweet was brought to light. Township trustees put Chief Robert Shelide on indefinite paid administrative leave, according to CBS Detroit.
“The township’s attorney, Robert Huth, explained that suspension with pay is proper during a pending investigation because all township workers are afforded the same right to due process ‘and enjoy a presumption of innocence.’
“The posts were made on a now deleted Twitter account. Screenshots posted on Facebook show that one tweet read ‘Trump threatening to deploy the military.
I have a better idea: Unleash the real cops and let them take care of these barbarians. I promise it will be over in 24 hours.
Cops are crippled by politicians and the media.’
Another read ‘Wild savages. I wish to God I would have been there. Body bags for these vicious subhumans.'”
Many people took those tweets to mean he was referring to peaceful protesters. Others believed that he was referring to the people who went beyond peaceful, resorting to looting, arson and violent attacks against police and other citizens.
On Thursday night, Shelide, who has been the Township departments chief since 2015, issued a written apology:
“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.
During my administrative leave issued by the department, I will 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.”
The account, @sheepdawg711, has been deleted.
The Township released a statement:
“At this time, Shelby Township is still gathering facts about the situation, and it is premature to comment any further. Shelby Township will keep the public informed as the situation develops.”
“At the board meeting, township Trustee John Vermeulen said the veteran officer is ‘very well-respected by the community and by his fellow officers’ and called the social media posts ‘completely out of character.’
“Vermeulen added that he ‘would hate to think we are putting him on paid administrative leave only to find out he was exercising his First Amendment rights. I just hope that we do not, in any way infringe, upon the chief’s First Amendment rights.
“‘Secondly, my concern is that we may be putting our law enforcement and our military in too much political correctness microscope,’ Vermeulen said.”
While the township board of trustees is allowing Shelide to live under a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise, the Detroit Free-Press ran this headline:
“Shelby Twp. police chief on paid leave after tweets glorifying police brutality.”
To the Free-Press’s credit, they are the only publication we could find that reported the following:
“According to social media posts being circulated Thursday, one tweet from the account was a reply to someone who posted a screen grab of a video that included three African American men standing on a sidewalk with the comment ‘is @jtimberlake going to bail them out?’
“The reply from @sheepdawg711 was: ‘Wild savages. I wish to God I would have been there. Body bags for these vicious subhumans. Oh, on another note, I dare you to try and drag me out of my vehicle.’
“The image is from a video online that shows the men brutally attacking a shopkeeper and his wife who were trying to protect their business in Rochester, New York, from looting.”
Here is the footage that it appears Shelide was referring to with his deleted tweets.
These are the peaceful protesters everyone is referring to?
WARNING: The following video may be hard to watch.
One man punches the female, another starts beating her with a 2 x 4, stopping only long enough to swing it at the man coming out to defend his wife.
The man and the woman both remain hospitalized.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Social media is rampant with video of store owners trying to defend their property, only to be savagely beaten or killed.
In fact, one of the people killed was a 77-year-old retired St. Louis police captain. He was shot to death while trying to stop looters from stealing Televisions from a pawn shop.
Police now have people of interest in his murder.
St. Louis police have released images of the seven people suspected in the killing of one of the department’s retired captains.
David Dorn also served as Moline Acres chief after retiring from the St. Louis force.
He was shot and killed early Tuesday morning while protecting a north city pawn shop from looters, according to law enforcement.
Now police have released surveillance footage from inside Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry, which is located at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive.
The footage shows seven people crawling one after another beneath a security gate into the destroyed store.
In the footage, you can see that at least two men in the group are armed.
In a still shot from the video, you can see as one of the men points a handgun toward the door.
The seven people are considered “persons of interest” in Dorn’s killing.
Dorn’s widow spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch – which, it’s worth noting, hasn’t exactly been a supportive media outlet of law enforcement.
She said that the retired officer was a close friend of the owner of the shop. Dorn worked there sometimes, and his gig included responding to burglar alarms.
He was murdered there during a night of widespread vandalism and looting which saw more than 75 businesses across the city get hit.
CrimeStoppers is offering a reward up to $46,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. The hotline is 1-866-371-8477 (TIPS). Callers can remain anonymous.
Here’s the full backstory from earlier this week, in case you missed it:
The debauchery has officially come full-circle following riots relating to the death of George Floyd.
This time, it was a retired police captain who was gunned down and left to die.
A true public servant. Protecting & serving all the way to the end. None of us who knew you are surprised you went out fighting at Lee's Pawn this morning. God speed my friend. #DavidDorn pic.twitter.com/i9X7q9hKIc
— Tim Fitch (@ChiefTimFitch) June 2, 2020
The aftermath of the murder of 77-year-old David Dorn was reportedly broadcast live on Facebook during the early morning hours of June 2nd, outside of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive.
Police say that Dorn was shot in the torso at approximately 2:30 a.m. that morning. Various publications have reported that Dorn’s actual murder was live cast online, but that is not the case apparently.
The live cast heavily reported on was that of someone discovering his body after the shooting.
Law Enforcement Today located the video where an unidentified young man happens upon the deceased body of Dorn. The video starts with the young man driving down the street, and seeing the body of Dorn lying on the sidewalk.
RIP #DavidDorn anyone condoning the looting and violence is part of the problem. It’s time for us as a nation to truly start having conversations. This man was a 77 year old retired African American cop trying to hold off looters from stealing TV’s. This is absolutely crazy.
— 🐬 Trate121 🐬 (@MayitoQuintero) June 2, 2020
You can hear the person on the video say the following when he sees the body of Dorn:
“Oh my God cuz, no cuz, come on cuz. Not the old head bro.”
The driver of the vehicle, who is recording wants to make his way over to the pawn shop, where Dorn’s body laid, and the vehicle passenger was warning the driver to not get out of the car. The driver responded:
“Come on cuz, that’s somebody’s granddad…give me my thumper.”
The video continues from the perspective of the driver, and he appears to be holding some type of gun, which a “thumper” is a term often used for a firearm. While standing over the deceased body of Dorn, the person taking the video begins to shout at those nearby:
“Over some TVs man?! For real! This is somebody’s granddaddy cuz.”
A group nearby says something inaudible to the person filming, in which the person recording responds with:
“Fuck you n*gga, the fuck you trying to do? You killed this man over some TVs cuz.”
The video in question is difficult to watch, as not only it portrays the brutal aftermath of the riots and looting in St. Louis, but also from the emotion and anger in the young man’s voice seeing the result of a senseless murder.
Our team at Law Enforcement Today has chosen not to show the video out of respect for the family.
The Ethical Society of Police of St. Louis stated the following about the murder of Dorn:
“He was murdered by looters at a pawnshop. He was the type of brother that would’ve given his life to save them if he had to. Violence is not the answer, whether it’s a citizen or officer.”
Dorn had spent 38 years in law enforcement with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, from 1969 up until 2007 when he retired. It was said that Dorn was familiar with the owners of the pawn shop that he was murdered in front of, and would often respond to alarm calls even in his retirement.
Sadly, that latest alarm call that he responded to on June 2nd led to him being murdered.
A sign was posted in front of the scene where Dorn was murdered that read the following:
“Y’all killed a black man because ‘they’ killed a black man??? Rest in peace.”
Sign of the times on the front of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry on the North Side of #StLouis, hours after looters shot and killed retired police captain #DavidDorn early on June 2. The killing was apparently broadcast on Facebook Live. pic.twitter.com/U0Ksc0X35H
— McPherson (@McPherSTL) June 2, 2020
The wording on the sign posted in front of Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry are some of the hardest hitting words that are indicative of what has become of these riots.
Police have not identified any suspects in the killing of Dorn and are currently offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who has information on who the suspects involved may be.
This man’s life mattered, and he put his life on the line until the very end for what was right.
This man’s life was taken because criminals wanted to loot and riot, under the guise of this now heavily manipulated movement ongoing.
This man deserved better.
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