- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2015

A North Carolina police chief says he was “thrown under the bus” and forced into retirement Tuesday following an emergency city meeting over his online rant against the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I was forced to retire or be terminated,” former Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead explained on Facebook Wednesday. “I had to beg for a 60 day severance to feed my family. That was the thanks 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.”

Surf City Mayor Zander Guy called the emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss personnel concerns in the wake of an earlier Facebook post by Mr. Halstead. The police chief abruptly announced his retirement during the meeting.

“I want to thank all of the folks in Surf City for your support,” Mr. Halstead wrote Wednesday, receiving more than 400 shares. “It was my pleasure to serve you. Thank you to my officers for your dedication, I will miss everyone of you. I would like to apologize to my family for letting you down. I also apologize to those I have offended, that was not my intent. I have served proudly for 35 years without a blemish. I guess to some Surf City Leaders that has no meaning. I guess I will learn to eat beanie wienies for a few months. I love you all.”

In his controversial post that has since been deleted, Mr. Halstead wrote that the Black Lives Matter movement 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.”

He also wrote that he instructed his officers to be vigilant. “If that means shoot a thug, then do it and answer for it while you are still alive and not dead,” he argued at the time.

Maj. Ron Shanahan has been named interim chief of police in Surf City.

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