Michelle Obama's Chicago Police Officer Cousin Demoted

01/04/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Frank Main and Fran Spielman Chicago Sun-Times

A cousin of Michelle Obama was one of four police supervisors recently kicked off Supt. Jody Weis' command staff.

The demotions signal that a position in the command ranks is not guaranteed under Weis' administration, a department source said.

"Talent and loyalty were keys to their decline," the source said.

Michelle Obama's cousin is Michael Shields. Barack Obama referred to the Shields family in an ABC-TV interview the day before Thanksgiving:

"Michelle's from Chicago, so she's got cousins everywhere. You walk down the street, you'll bump into a Robinson. Or a Shields."

Shields, the former deputy superintendent of strategic deployment, was bucked down to a lieutenant at the Belmont Area headquarters at a far lower pay scale.

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