The police chief of Surf City, North Carolina was abruptly forced into retirement on Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 after an emergency meeting with city commissioners regarding an angry Facebook rant the chief posted about the Black Lives Matter movement. (read below)
Chief Mike Halstead wrote that Black Lives Matter is “nothing more than an American born terrorist group” that was “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.”
Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called an emergency meeting where the town of Surf City agreed to give Police Chief Mike Halstead a 60 day severance pay provided he retire — effective immediately — following the rambling, nearly incoherent, and massively problematic post to his personal Facebook page on September 3rd.
Open letter from a Police Chief, 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.” Halstead’s post began.
The chief then proceeded to state that the only race problem in this country has been brought on by black leaders, including the president.
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“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[sic] 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.”
In the next grammatically horrifying section he went on to blame the media for all recent shootings of police officers — despite the fact police officers being shot and killed by suspects are down 26 percent from this time last year. Meanwhile, 842 people have been killed by cops — that we know of — since January 1.
“I have been a Police Officer for 35 years. I do not judge anyone by the color of their skin, but by there[sic]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[sic] 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.”
If that wasn’t enough, to make your head spin, Halstead continued on to tell President Obama to step down, because police do not need him.
“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.”
The former chief then took things even further, stating that he instructed his officers to “shoot a thug” if they feel threatened and “answer for it” later.
“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.”
Halstead next decided to rant about what would happen if law enforcement shut down for one day. According to his fanatical claims, the country would dissolve into chaos — despite the fact that during the NYPD slowdown tickets and summons for minor offenses dropped more than 90 percent and the city is still standing.
“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.”
Finally, to top it all off, the former chief laid out a strange threat to the New Black Panther Party, stating that if they kill one white person or police officer, 100 people will step up to “end them,” despite no threats having been made.
“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.”
He then asked for people to make his crazy rambling go viral — which it sure is, but probably not in the way he expected.
“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.”
Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to address the post, which Halstead has since deleted.
Town Manager Larry Bergman claims the former chief is apologetic for “how his statements have been interpreted,” WALB reported, though his blunt and lengthy post left little up for interpretation.
“As public employees we are often held to higher level of scrutiny,” Bergman told WALB, who reminded Halstead, “Even if it is a personal social media account and despite not associating himself directly to the Town in his posting, that some will draw the connection.”