Mike Halstead — White police chief of Surf City, North Carolina — had already been planning to retire this year but expedited the process when he posted a 662-word letter on Facebook in which he slammed Black Lives Matter activists, the government, President Barack Obama, and Michael Brown.
Public figures find themselves in this situation all too often when they post something inappropriate on social media, then delete it after they realize it wasn’t a good idea ... but the damage is already underway.
Halstead said neither the government nor blacks would tolerate a White supremacist group marching through the streets calling for the murders of public servants.
He also referred to Michael Brown as a “thug” in his letter and said the “hands up don’t shoot” scenario was a lie.
“I have instructed my officers to be vigilant, if threatened take appropriate action,” Halstead wrote. “If that means shoot a thug, then do it and answer for it while you are still alive not dead.”
According to Town Manager Larry Bergman, 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.
Halstead was given the ultimatum to retire or be terminated after the mayor called an emergency meeting following the news of Halstead’s post. He has been granted 60 days severance pay.
He offered an apology to those who were offended by his post, but let’s be honest, it was insincere.
The feelings expressed in his original post were thoroughly thought out and he meant all 662 words of it.
Halstead may have very well been an honorable member of law enforcement throughout his 35 years of service, but upon expressing this kind of bigotry on the internet, all of his good deeds have become null and void.
All he was supposed to do was protect his community, but dragging names of the deceased through the mud and referring to prominent Black leaders as “idiots” and “S.O.B.” is intolerable.
Furthermore, his arguments — although disguised as a plea to stop violence against law enforcement — come from a place of anger, bias, ignorance and prejudice; not from the desire to heal a wounded country and unite divided communities. So, we say… Good riddance Chief Halstead!
Read Halstead's full post below:
"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.
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."