Fox and Friends always wants to honor and defend the men in blue, the members of law enforcement, no matter what. They lead viewers to believe that they are victims of a contrived 'attack' on the police. Specifically, they blame 'Black Lives Matter,' a movement borne from the disproportionate numbers of African-American males who are killed by law enforcement. Despite the fact that they are twenty-one times more likely than their White counterparts to die at the hand of law enforcement, the narrative that these cops are the victims is oft repeated on GOP-TV. With people like Sheriff David Clarke and Bo Dietl, Fox 'News' keeps on their payroll the most brutally racist people to cry out against any form of censure or regulation of law enforcement officers (LEO).
Brian Kilmeade introduced the story by mentioning how the chief criticized the Black Lives Matter Movement by irreverently referring to it as, 'you know that movement.' Subbing for Hasselbeck, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who also blamed Clinton for misleading the Benghazi Committee, was the token female on the couch who was just appalled at what transpired in Surf City, North Carolina. Ex-Chief Mike Halstead joined the giggling vacuous pundits to garner sympathy in studio this morning, where Guilfoyle played the part of the outraged female very convincingly. The Fox and Friends chyron operator chose the least innocuous parts of the entire rant, which I've included below. The part in italics is what they chose to show to the Fox audience with graphics.
Halstead's Facebook rant was lengthy and filled with racist dog whistles and victim blaming: I broke it up into paragraphs for the sake of the reader, but realize his post is one long, randomly punctuated and oft misspelled rant.
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.
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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 (sic) 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.
He claims to never have mentioned the town of Surf City specifically, but it's pretty obvious that the chief who represented the N.C. municipality for thirteen years, is well-known. He doesn't apologize for anything he wrote, except if he had it all to do over again, he would have not been so hard on the media. He still thinks BLM is a movement solely designed to murder LEOs.
Town officials see things a bit differently.
Town Manager Larry Bergman said that Halstead has broken police department rules regarding social media.Halstead, like many people who watch Fox News, is laboring under the false impression that there is a “War on Cops” happening in the U.S. because Black Lives Matter and other activists have spoken up over the last several months about police slayings of unarmed black civilians.
In fact, violence against police officers is on the decline, with 2014 being the safest year in decades for American cops and 2015 is shaping up to be the same.
The derangement is strong with this ex-Chief of Police, and his actions can be easily interpreted as very racist.
...He has literally instructed his officers to shoot first and ask questions later.
“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,” he wrote. “Law Enforcement is fed up with this murderous society who want to take out those who protect and serve.”
I'd say his removal was a much needed and well-deserved action taken by reasonable people. Fox 'News' is not trying to appeal to a 'reasonable' demographic, so Halstead came to the right place today.