After a jaw-dropping Facebook post, a Surf City, North Carolina police Chief was forced into retirement after an emergency meeting was held.
Halstead will have 60 days of severance pay following his decision to retire, according to WECT.
Town Manager Larry Bergman says the police department has rules regarding social media.
“He put that information out, that was intended for his friends and colleagues and peers, but it was a public statement and there are people that were offended,” Bergman said.
Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called the emergency meeting after Halstead’s post.
“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 post begins.
“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,” he wrote.
“I agree there is a race problem in this country,”he wrote, then said that problem 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 [sic].”
“I do not judge anyone by the color of their skin, but by there [sic] actions,” the post continues. “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,” he wrote.
We’ll just stop here for a second.
At this pace of police shootings this year, we will end with the second lowest number of murdered cops in decades.
“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,” he writes.
“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,” he writes on Facebook.
“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,” he stated. “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,” he adds.
“End this Black Lives Matter bull shit and start a movement that all lives matter,’ he wrote.
“As for the New Black Panther movement who wants to kill whites and cops, go for it, we are ready for you,” he said of the group which consists of only a handful of people.
“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.”
He seems nice.
Bergman added that the chief was apologetic for how his statements have been interpreted and he deleted the post.
Halstead took to his Facebook account again to respond to the incident.
“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,” he wrote. “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,” he added. “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.”
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