Many of us have been alarmed by the rise in hateful rhetoric from the Black Lives Matter group targeted against both police officers and whites. We’ve been frustrated by the lack of response from our so-called leaders, who’ve been quick to chime in selectively — like in the case of Michael Brown — but relatively silent on the brutal murders of police officers or calls to violence against whites.
While we’re the first to defend the First Amendment rights of all Americans, we’ve been troubled by the seemingly more frequent hate speech and direct incitations to violence that have been making their appearance across our nation. These examples of dangerous — and unprotected — speech have been left unchecked by our government, while we continue to see more bold and brutal assaults and executions of our men and women in blue.
Well, one police chief apparently finally had enough of this and took to Facebook to share his feelings about the situation. Unfortunately, while we’ve seen multiple direct calls to violence left unchecked, this police chief’s airing of his feelings led to his (apparently forced) resignation.
As WNCN (Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville) reports:
Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead has retired effective immediately following an emergency meeting called in reference to a Facebook post he made.
According to Town Manager Larry Bergman, Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called the emergency meeting in reference to Halstead’s post he made to his personal page on Sept. 3:
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.
Bergman said he spoke with Halstead about the post after it was brought to his attention. He said he reminded him “that as public employees we are often held to higher level of scrutiny and that even if it is a personal social media account and despite not associating himself directly to the Town in his posting, that some will draw the connection.”
Bergman also said the chief is apologetic for how his statements have been interpreted, and that he removed the post on his own accord.
Frankly, Police Chief Halstead articulated many of the feelings we’ve shared here, and I have seen in comments to our articles. And I, for one, would argue that his comments come nowhere near the level of hate and violence we’ve seen from the likes of Louis Farrakhan or members of the Black Lives Matter movement, like King Noble.
As a public employee, should Chief Halstead be held to a higher level of scrutiny, even on his personal social media account? If this is indeed true, let’s apply this standard to ALL of our public employees and so-called leaders. How about starting with our President of the United States — our Divider-in-Chief — whose selective actions and words have only fomented racial tensions? And how about our former Secretary of State, who wishes to be president, comparing some of us to terrorists? How is that OK but this one police chief, who actually has some facts to back up his assertion, dare not voice such a thought?
Yep, it’s pretty clear that this “higher level of scrutiny” only — or any scrutiny at all — applies when the speech doesn’t fit the narrative our president, his cronies and the progressive left wish to promote. Indeed, in Obama’s America, scrutiny seems only to apply to men and women in uniform and whites.