A North Carolina police chief retired on Tuesday after sparking controversy with a Facebook post in which he referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a “terrorist group.”
Surf City police chief Mike Halstead retired yesterday following an emergency town meeting called by the mayor to discuss a post written by Halstead, in which he said the Black Lives Matter movement was “nothing more than an American born terrorist group," WWAY TV 3 reports.
“The FBI and other Government Law Enforcement groups need to step up and put a stop to this,” Halstead’s Sept. 3 Facebook post read.
“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," the post continued. "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.”
According to Town Manager Larry Bergman, the post was written in response to a recent event.
“He felt pretty passionate about it,” Bergman told WWAY. “Someone had just been murdered in Texas and [the Facebook post] was in relation to that incident.”
Halstead’s retirement was accepted by the town council and is effective immediately. He will be paid 60 days severance. The post, according to Bergman, violated a department policy relating to how the chief presents himself publicly.
“Personal postings are not allowed,” Bergman said.
Many residents expressed concern over the post, but military police officer Andrew Vann told WWAY that he agrees with the chief’s message.
“In my personal experience, when you put on a badge or a uniform, that’s what people see,” he said.
“They don’t see your color," he added. "They see the blue or the black, and that’s how the majority of police officers act, and he’s been in law enforcement for 35 years. He didn’t get there by riding the rails or hiding behind someone else.”
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