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Militia-leading Pennsylvania Police Chief Slated for Termination

By Ryan Lenz on September 20, 2013 - 4:31 pm, Posted in Antigovernment, Militias, Patriot

Everyone’s favorite “libtard”-hating, potty-mouthed police chief is about to lose his job – but not without a few last jabs before he loses the limelight that has made him something of a celebrity in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement.

The borough council of Gilberton, Pa., voted 6-1 on Thursday to fire Mark Kessler, who has since been given a termination notice. Kessler faced disciplinary action after he posted videos of himself firing automatic weapons that were owned by the borough and cursing about gun control last summer.

While the notice of termination comes just weeks after Gilberton voted to suspend Kessler indefinitely, it is not yet the final chapter. According to The Patriot-News, Kessler has the right to challenge the firing with a public hearing, which could occur in as few as 10 days.

Joseph Nahas, Kessler’s attorney, did not return several phone calls seeking comment on Friday. But when contacted by Hatewatch, Kessler offered assurances that he would take “legal action” against the borough. Then, he launched into a  tirade about the Southern Poverty Law Center, which publishes Hatewatch.

“Russia needs good people. Why don’t you get on a boat, and take your whole organization with you?” Kessler said. “You’re disgusting. You’re vile creatures. You don’t belong in this country.”

Though it is unclear what will happen in the end, Kessler does appear to have another business proposition already in the works. His website reports that he is now conducting firearms training for Tactical Response, which is run by James Yeager out of Camden, Tenn. Last January, Yeager came to national attention after he posted a furious rant saying that if President Obama used his executive powers to enact gun restrictions, he would “start killing people.”

  • supersonic250

    Edit to my above statement: If you say horrible things while holding ANY job other than being a Right-Wing radio host…

  • supersonic250

    Crime Cleaner:

    Freedom of Speech is not the same as freedom of consequences FOR your speech. If you shout fire in a movie theater, you’re going to get arrested. If you say horrible things while holding a political office… even that of Sheriff or Police Chief, you’re going to get fired.

    As always, I will advise you to go read, learn, and come back when you’re not feeling so stupid.

  • Reynardine

    Cleaner, this is not about free speech. You need cleaner ears.

  • Aron

    Hey Crime Cleaner: read the damned article. They’re firing him for misuse of borough property.

    Also, now I know who NOT to recommend to my Tampa area friends if they ever need a crime scene cleaned up. Way to go, genius.

  • Crime Cleaner

    free speech in America doesnt exist anymore, get fired for off duty comments about gun control comments, the US is being transformed to a communist country.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Well, the municipality has taken appropriate and legal action to deal with a man who has dishonored his office through his behavior. I find his “target practice” on photographs of his employers both insubordinate and extremely disturbing.

    Clearly, this is not a man who should be given the position of police aide, let alone police chief.

    His lawyer is behaving routinely…declining comment on a pending case…but Mr. Kessler is continuing to dispense fury and anger, as well as ignorance — he seems to be unaware that Russia is no longer a Communist nation.

    It looks like Mr. Kessler is already going into his second career. He will now be famous for simply being famous. How long that fame lasts depends, interestingly, mostly on him. Once he’s no longer a police chief, he becomes just another angry nut job in our society. He will lose much of his audience. However, if he continues to behave in increasingly threatening ways, he could gain the attention of a newer audience…law enforcement authorities and mental health officials.

  • Robin Pettit

    So which borough council member voted to keep this a**hole? Hate is ugly and anyone who wants hate shouldn’t be in an elected position. I hope Gilbertson votes whoever it is out.

  • Giuliano

    Why doesn’t he move to Russia? its run by a right wing theocratic regime, he’d fit right in there. He certainly doesn’t belong in THIS country.

  • Aron

    Poor fool seems to think the CCCP still exists.

  • Gregory

    Kessler is out of a job and the SPLC will continue to operate into the foreseeable future. That thought must really frost his colon.

    Russia? When will the Birchers update their “insults”?

  • Reynardine

    Wayall, hooray and hallelujah
    You had it coming to ya!
    Goody, goody for them
    Goody, goody for us
    I hope you’re satisfied, you bastard, you!