Police Chief Mark Kessler Suspended for a Month Over Videos

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 1, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Police chief Mark Kessler, whose profanity-laced YouTube videos have been watched by thousands, was suspended for 30 days as head of the Gilberton, Penn., police force.

Kessler made videos that were pro-Second Amendment, anti-Democrat, and featured him shooting off automatic weapons. In one, he described Secretary of State John Kerry as “traitor” over a propose U.N. arms treaty before he grabbed his weapon and fired his weapon. “Come and get it!” he shouted.

The Allentown Morning Call reported that because of the videos, Kessler was suspended for a month without pay.

Kessler on Wednesday evening said that the Borough Council members in Gilberton, who voted to suspend him, bowed “to political pressure” and added that there are “no policies in place in Gilberton to govern” what he does in his videos.

“Don’t hit the play button. … These people are complaining to complain,” he said.

Kessler told the Call that he isn’t sure if he’ll make another video.

He accused Council President Daniel Malloy, Councilman Eric Boxer, and Mayor Mary Lou Hannon of conspiring against him.

“The needed to suspend first to allow themselves time to look for or make up any reason or lie. HEY BOXER, MALLOY, HANNON, YOU’RE COWARDS, YOU’RE HACKS, YOU PRETEND TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION,YOU SICKEN ME!” he said, according to the paper.

Kessler has his share of supporters, with many coming out on Wednesday night with signs saying “Impeach Obama, Mark Kessler for President” and “Legalize the Constitution,” reported PennLive.com.

The crowd also shouted that the government will “never” take away their gun rights.

“He was able to stand up above the crowd and blaze a separate path,” John Zangaro, director of Operation Constitution, told the website.

But others aren’t so sure about his videos and tirades against the government.

“He was way across the line,” Wade Greg Necker, a local resident, told PennLive. “He’s a nut. I do not feel safe with him around at all.”

“He should have been fired,” Gilberton resident Pete Kostingo said, adding that Kessler “used the position, and he abused the position.”

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.