North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper under investigation after posting a social media post describing the Black Lives Matter movement as “racist money laundering hate group”
A North Carolina trooper has been placed on leave after he posted a controversial social media posts about the Black Lives Matter Movement last year.
Master Trooper Mark Melvin, 40, of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol has been the subject of an internal administrative investigation in connection to a December Facebook post. In the post he called the Black Lives Matter movement a “racist money laundering hate group.” Melvin was placed on leave since Jan. 11.
“I walked in to Barnes & Noble tonight and saw an entire section dedicated to Black Lives Matter. My first thought was… I wonder why they don’t have sections dedicated to any other racist money laundering hate groups,” Melvin wrote in the Facebook post.
Melvin, a 13-year veteran of the force marked himself “present” at the “Stop the Steal” rally that took place in Washington, D.C., last week before the riot at the Capitol. He used the words “Time to Save America” on a post with at least 24 photos.
Melvin also posted last fall that he would not enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s coronavirus restrictions. A spokesperson for the department Sgt. Christopher Knox issued a statement about Melvin’s ongoing investigation.
“Thank you for reaching out and sharing this information. We take any report of wrongdoing by our members very serious and we are assuredly looking into the matter. I can confirm that Master Trooper Mark S. Melvin is a current member of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and is assigned to Troop D, District 4(Person County). Unfortunately, we would not be able to provide further information at this juncture or conduct an interview due to the personnel matter under investigation.”