SURF CITY, NORTH CAROLINA — The chief of police in Surf City, North Carolina was forced to retire or be fired after posting a controversial Facebook rant that accused the Black Lives Matter movement of being a terrorist group that is targeting police.
According to WISTV, 35-year veteran of the force Mike Halstead decided to bow out and retire instead of being fired and he was granted 60 days severance pay. His rant not only includes his feelings about the Black Lives Matter movement, but also President Obama, the media's reaction to police brutality and violence against police, as well as blaming the race problem in America on African-American leaders like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Louis Farrakhan. Halstead makes several grammatical and spelling errors, but his message is clear: "Law Enforcement is fed up with this murderous society who want to take out those who protect and serve."
Halstead goes on to say: "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."
Some citizens of Surf City staged a protest outside the police department, expressing their disagreement with the city officials' response to the rant. They didn't think Halstead should have been forced to retire.
Sonya Patrick, a local member of the Black Lives Matter movement in Surf City, told WISTV: "I think he should be removed from office, he shouldn't be allowed to benefit from a retirement package. He should not benefit from taxpayers dollars because these are issues, if he is bold enough to put it on Facebook, then this is part of his agenda since he has been in office. And it is not acceptable," Patrick added.