About 20 people showed up for a rally Friday morning, asking that a police chief who was forced to retire be reinstated.
Mike Halstead stepped down Tuesday after an emergency meeting of the Surf City town council. This after he referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist group in a Facebook post.
Supporters gathered outside of town hall, holding signs that asked passing drivers to honk to show support for Halstead.
Halstead stopped by the rally and thanked the people for supporting him. "For the 35 years of service and my 17 years of service with this town without a blemish on my record, I have done nothing wrong and I have been thrown out the door," said the former chief in a prepared statement. "I was treated like a dog and I'm just tired of it, thank you."
In the 662-word post, Halstead called Black Lives Matter "nothing more than an American born terrorist group." He said neither the government nor blacks would tolerate a white supremacist group marching through the streets calling for the murders of public servants.
Those who support the former chief are also circulating a petition and so far they have over 300 signatures.
The town manager said Halstead will be paid his normal salary for the next 60 days or so until his retirement become finalized by the state retirement system, which is normal.
Town of Surf City statement
On September 15, 2015 at 3:00 PM the Surf City Town Council met in an emergency meeting in conformance with North Carolina General Statute 160A-71 and met in closed session in conformance with North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11(6) in regards to a personnel matter. At the conclusion of the meeting Police Chief Mike Halstead retired and Town Council agreed to pay a severance, representing approximately 60 days, in order to complete the process of his retirement application. Major Ron Shanahan, a long standing senior officer of the department, was appointed as interim Chief, effective immediately.
In early September 2015 the former Chief made divisive comments on his personal Facebook account that were inconsistent with Surf City Police Department Social Media Policies. His comments and chosen platform were not representative of the Town’s expectations of a professional police chief. His actions ultimately left the Town management and elected officials difficult decisions where no positive outcome was possible.
We have a growing community and with that a growing local government that values professionalism. Our employees focus is and should be to support the community through our many services and carry out the policies and decisions of the elected officials.
A North Carolina town has approved the retirement of the police chief after he referred to the Black Lives Matter movement as a terrorist group in a Facebook post.
Local news outlets report that the town council in Surf City approved the retirement of Police Chief Mike Halstead during an emergency meeting Tuesday.
Halstead had planned to retire this year. The town approved the retirement following a Sept. 3 Facebook post by Halstead.
In the 662-word post, he called Black Lives Matter "nothing more than an American born terrorist group." Halstead said neither the government nor blacks would tolerate a white supremacist group marching through the streets calling for the murders of public servants.
Halstead removed the post, which was on his personal account, this week.
An Eastern Carolina police chief has retired days after his social media post on "Black Lives Matter" became public.
Surf City Chief Mike Halstead retired immediately after an emergency town meeting this afternoon, according to WECT in Wilmington.
The station says mayor Zander Guy called the emergency meeting because of the chief's post on his personal Facebook page on September 3rd.
WECT says Major Ron Shanahan will be interim chief and the town agreed on severance pay for Halstead.
Halstead Facebook post
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 (expletive) 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 (expletive). 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 (expletive) 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.