Black Lives Matter activists rally against former police chief’s comments

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Black Lives Matter activists are rallying in Wilmington.

After former Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead posted a rant on Facebook saying the movement is “an American born terrorist group,” activists are speaking out about it.

“To tell the narrative for what Black Lives Matter really is,” Cameron Parker said.

Parker said it is not a war on police.

“It’s not anti-police,” Parker said. “It’s anti-police brutality.”

Parker also said each region stands against its own issues.

“I know that racial profiling is something that people experience and that they feel happens a lot in Wilmington,” Parker said.

Law Enforcement and Supporters for Media Accountability Founder David Chianese said they are representing Halstead and they stand behind his original message.

“We no longer want to listen to the outspoken minority of the United States that has been filled with hate dictating our thoughts, our policies and our beliefs,” Chianese said. “The Black Lives Matter movement is just a blip on the radar in the grand scheme of things that will quickly be forgotten as this great nation begins to rise up again to Her former glory and allows Her true voice to once again resonate from shore to shore.”

Parker said the movement has never been about promoting hate or violence, but he said some people who aren’t actually activists have tried.

“The whole movement takes a hit when that happens,” Parker said.

He said people need to know it is not a war on police. It is a fight for accountability and equality.

“There is real violence that cops face,” Parker said. “There are bad people in this world. It’s not condemning law enforcement in general. It’s bringing awareness to the issue that these things exist.”

Chianese also said Halstead wants to thank everyone for the love and support that has poured in from all corners of the United States.

For more information about the local Black Lives Matter Group e-mail or call 1-877-829-6047.

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