SURF CITY, N.C. (CBS Atlanta) — A North Carolina police chief says he was forced to retire after an anti-Black Lives Matter Facebook post.
WECT-TV reports Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead retired effective immediately after calling the movement a “terrorist group” and that President Barack Obama has brought about a race problem in the U.S.
“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,” Surf City Town Manager Larry Bergman told WECT.
Halstead put up the open letter on Facebook on Sept. 3.
“[T]his 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.
“… When a black thug is killed by 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 its 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.
“… 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 and not dead. Law enforcement is fed up with this murderous society who want to take out those who protect and serve.”
Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called the emergency meeting Tuesday after the post came his attention.
Bergman told WECT that Halstead was apologetic and removed the post on his own accord, but Halstead posted to Facebook that he was forced to retire or be terminated.
“I had to beg for a 60 day severance to feed my family,” Halstead wrote. “That was the thanks that 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.”
WECT reports Maj. Ron Shanahan has been named interim chief of police.