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Pa. Chief Suspended Over Profane, Pro-Gun Videos

August 01, 2013  | 

Screenshot via YouTube.
Screenshot via YouTube.
Gilberton (Pa.) Police Chief Mark Kessler has been suspended for 30 days for using borough weapons without permission in profanity-laden YouTube videos.

The borough council voted 5-1 to suspend Kessler Wednesday, following a media storm surrounding the videos and Kessler's free-speech rights, reports the Republican Herald. The town's mayor had defended his right of expression.

Many of Kessler's supporters attended the borough meeting wearing patriotic shirts reading "Constitutional Security Force" and "Molon Labe," a Greek phrase meaning "come and take."

Kessler posted a video July 15 criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry for supporting a United Nations treaty requiring countries to regulate the international arms trade. He followed that up with a second video where he used profanity and fired several fully automatic weapons.

In a WNEP interview following the controversy over the videos, Kessler said he has received numerous death threats from all over the country.

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