Pennsylvania police chief, who makes viral gun videos, gets suspended

Written by Heather Schmelzlen & Mila Sanina on .

Remember Mark Kessler, the online-famous police chief with anger issues and gun fetish from the town of Gilberton? He was the protagonist of Tony Norman's column last week titled, "Police chief exploding with hate for liberals."

He produced a series of profanity-laced YouTube videos in which he brandishes guns, speaks openly about shooting an elected official (Nancy Pelosi) and expresses his rage toward "libtards." When the videos went viral, the town's mayor, Mary Lou Hannon, responded with this official statement:

Anyone asking the borough to take action against the chief, when he has commited no illegal act, no violation of policy and no misuse of borough times, is asking that we establish an official political view of the borough and impose it upon one or more of our employees, which would obviously be unconstitutional.

Well, it looks as though Ms. Hannon has changed her tune, as the police chief has been suspended for 30 days without pay. But it's not for the reasons you might think. According to a CNN article, his suspension resulted from using "borough property for non-borough purposes without prior borough permission" for one of his videos.

For his part, Mr. Kessler has expressed no regrets, and has taken to Facebook (on both his personal page and a fan page, which has almost 8,000 likes) to plead his case.

I'm scorned & Hated, politicians from both sides of political parties, main stream media, liberals, are doing everything they can to destroy my life, family country, I have to give credit where credit is due, for once democrats & republicans showed their true colors, if you stand up for your country, constitution ( THEY WILL DESTROY EVERYTHING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO DOES SO) I WILL NEVER BACK DOWN. I rather die defending freedom then kneel to TYRANTS!

He also claims on his Facebook page that borough officials are trying to have him terminated during his 30-day suspension.

And on his website, he links to a fundraising campaign apparently started by a local pastor to support the police chief during his suspension. So far, $1,230 of the $10,000 goal has been raised.

What do you think? Should the borough have suspended the police chief? Should he be terminated?


Photo from Mark Kessler's Facebook fan page

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