The recent murder of an innocent Texas Deputy caused North Carolina police chief Mike Halstead to tell the world about what police face every day. In doing so, he has now been pushed into retirement by town leaders of Surf City, N.C.
Town Manager Larry Bergman said that town leaders and Halstead met Tuesday concerning a post Halstead had made Sept. 3 on his personal Facebook page. An emergency meeting was held, called by the town’s officials, leading to Halstead’s immediate retirement with 60 days severance pay.
Bergman said that the Aug. 28 slaying of Deputy Darren H. Goforth, who was killed while pumping gas, triggered the post by Halstead, which began with the words, “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,” Halstead wrote. “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,” he wrote, citing activists Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, President Obama and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as among the culprits.
I have been a Police Officer for 35 years. I do not judge anyone by the color of their skin, but by their actions,” he wrote.
Halstead said the media is partly to blame for abysmal race relations.
“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 wrote.
Halstead then discussed his local department.
“This is not a threat but common knowledge,” he posted. “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 closed his post on a ringing note.
“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.”
Bergman said the post, while on a private page, did not conform to town police guidelines on social media use. Halstead has not responded to media requests for comment, but did react after Tuesday’s meeting.
As Halstead left, a resident who showed up to voice support for him called out, “We’re behind you cheif!”
“Well apparently nobody is,” Halstead replied.