Former Surf City, North Carolina police Chief Mike Halstead spoke out after after he was forced to resign Tuesday following a political backlash against his September 3 post on Facebook harshly criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. Halstead called the movement an “American born terrorist group”.
Chief Halstead was a thirty-five year police veteran who had served the Surf City Police Department for thirteen years.
WECT-TV reported on Chief Halstead’s follow-up post to Facebook Tuesday evening.
“”I want to thank you all for your support. I was forced to retire or be terminated. I had to beg for a 60 day severance to feed my family. That was the thanks I got from those I thought were family, I was thrown under the bus for expressing my 1st amendment rights and speaking the truth and concerns for law enforcement. I want to thank all of the folks in Surf City for your support. It was my pleasure to serve you. Thank you to my officers for your dedication, I will miss everyone of you. I would like to apologize to my family for letting you down. I also apologize to those I have offended, that was not my intent. I have served proudly for 35 years without a blemish. I guess to some Surf City Leaders that has no meaning. I guess I will learn to eat beanie wienies for a few months. I love you all.””
Former Surf City police chief Mike Halstead stormed out of a town council meeting Tuesday after being forced to resign. Image via WECT.
WWAY-TV reported Halstead resigned after an emergency town council meeting was called about the post. The town manager said the chief was responding to the recent execution of Texas sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth.
“Surf City’s police chief stormed out of an emergency town council this afternoon after choosing to retire.
…”Town Manager Larry Bergman said the post was in reference to a recent event.
““He felt pretty passionate about it,” Bergman said. “Someone had just been murdered in Texas and it was in relation to that incident.””
“Council voted to accept Halstead’s retirement, which is effective immediately, and pay him 60 days severance. Bergman said it is because the post violates a policy that has to do with how the chief is supposed to present himself.
““Personal postings are not allowed,” Bergman said.”
The Jacksonville Daily News reported the North Carolina NAACP was looking in to the chief’s comments.
“North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William J. Barber II said the chief’s comments were forwarded to him Monday by New Hanover County NAACP district President Deborah Dicks Maxwell. Barber said he, a team of lawyers, the NAACP criminal justice chair and Maxwell would review the post this week.
“After seeing the post, on first read it is quite troubling,” Barber said. “It is not just the words in the post that are troubling, but the attitude of this chief and his officers who are called to protect and serve people — all people.””
WECT video (via WBTV-TV) of Chief Hlastead storming out of town council meeting.
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Text of Chief Halstead’s Facebook post on Black Lives Matter via WECT/WNCN. (Paragraph breaks added. Profanity warning.)
“Open letter from a Police Chief ,
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“this Black Lives Matter group is nothing more than an American born terrorist group brought on by the lie of the hands up don’t shoot during the criminal thug Michael Brown incident. The FBI and other Government Law Enforcement groups need to step up and put a stop to this. The Government and blacks would not tolerate the White Supremacist group to march through the streets and call for the murders of a race of people and a group of public servants.
“I agree there is a race problem in this country. It is not brought on by police officer doing their sworn duty, it is brought on by the government, the President and his cronies Al Sharpton, who is a criminal tax evader (but has the support of our so called President), Jessi Jackson, Eric Holder and that ignorant S.O.B. Farrakhan who should be charged with solicitation for murder, lord knows a white man would be arrested for the same actions of idiot Farakhan.
“I am sure there are many hard working Black people who will agree with me. I have been a Police Officer for 35 years. I do not judge anyone by the color of their skin, but by there actions. A criminal is a criminal whether a police officer or any other profession. I will not state statistics because black lives matter do not care or believe proven statistics.
“I put allot of the blame for these cop murders on the media and the way they report police related shootings. There is no need to list or even state the race of a person shot by the police. It is more important to wait for the facts and report those. But and a big but that does not make money for these greedy media ass holes. When a black thug is killed by the police they are all over it as is Mr. Barack Obama. However when a police officer white, black or any race is murdered for doing his job the media is short with it’s reporting or not at all. When a white person is killed by a black officer you hear nothing.
“Has our so called President spoke publicly about these murders of police officers by blacks, HELL NO he has not. Step up Mr. President, or step down because we do not need you. Has our Attorney General spoke against these murders, no of course not because she was appointed by Barack Obama.
“Now let me say this, and this is not a threat but common knowledge. I have instructed my officers to be vigilant, if threatened take appropriate action. If that means shoot a thug, then do it and answer for it while you are still alive not dead.
“Law Enforcement is fed up with this murderous society who want to take out those who protect and serve. Imagine if all law enforcement shut down for just 1 day. There would be murders, rapes, robberies, you name it. America wake up, all of you black, white, Mexican whatever you need the police, we do not need you. End this Black Lives Matter bull shit and start a movement that all lives matter. As for the New Black Panther movement who wants to kill whites and cops, go for it, we are ready for you. You take one of us and there will be 100 who will step up and end you.
“This letter is not meant to offend anyone, just the feelings of a man who has spent the last 35 years of his life serving and protecting, for what so a thug can take it or to be treated as a criminal by the very people I swore to protect. Let’s get this around folks so maybe our President and the media will get a wake up call. Be safe all of my Brothers and Sisters in blue, not white, black, yellow or brown BLUE.”
The Washington Post reported about other Facebook comments posted by Chief Halstead.
“In recent weeks, Halstead posted on Facebook about officers killed in the line of duty. “This is getting out of hand,” he wrote in one post. In another, he referred to the shooting deaths of two reporters in Virginia during a morning newscast and wondered why those deaths were receiving so much media attention.
“Although very tragic that the 2 reporters were killed in VA. should they get continuous reporting all morning when the LA. State Trooper and other Police killed get 10 seconds of coverage. Just asking,” Halstead wrote.