PA Police Chief Doubles Down

Police Chief Mark Kessler of Gilberton, Pennsylvania is not only not backing down on his absolutely maniacal and disgusting statements about liberals and Democrats, he’s doubling down on them and turning the volume up to 11 in his quest to make himself a martyr.

During his radio show on Monday, Kessler said he and his family had received death threats. People have also been harassing his employer. Kessler complained the media had made “[him] out to be some kind of circus clown, deranged lunatic.”

The police chief of Gilberton, Pennsylvania also continued his tradition of berating Democrats and liberals.

“Democrats are the most vile creatures in this country,” he said. “They are vile. They are evil, evil, un-American. I don’t even want to call them people because that’s being too kind. They’re scum. You go against your country. They hate their country.”

Kessler also called WNEP’s Bob Reynolds a “communist c*cksucker” for reporting on his videos. Kessler said Democrats are “nothing but scum” and were the “most vile creatures in this country.” He described a member of the North Schuylkill School Board who told him to resign as a “tyrant.” …

Near the end of his show, Kessler received a call from a self-professed “libtard” who noted that while the police chief had ranted and raved about tyranny, he himself said all liberals and Democrats were enemies of the state. Kessler doubled down, and said the Founding Fathers of the United States would have been shooting liberals “years ago.”

There is no way in hell this guy could ever be trusted to do his job and protect those liberals and Democrats in his town he says they’re traitors who should be shot. No. Fucking. Way. And a deranged lunatic is exactly what he is. Watch this video and tell me he isn’t deranged:

And of course, he pretends that it’s about his use of profanity. I couldn’t give a flying fuck about his use of profanity. I care about his dehumanizing of the very people he is sworn to protect and the fact that he is clearly unhinged. He should be fired. Immediately.

Update: The city council voted 5-1 to suspend him for 30 days without pay, after which dozens of heavily armed supporters held a rally. This is going to get very, very ugly before it’s over.

35 comments on this post.
  1. Reginald Selkirk:

    after which dozens of heavily armed supporters held a rally.

    I am reminded of a scene in The Venerable Bead* by Richard Condon in which a free-for-all gunfight breaks out at an NRA rally.
    .
    * This is not an endorsement. It is not a very good book.

  2. Sastra:

    Kessler complained the media had made “[him] out to be some kind of circus clown, deranged lunatic.”

    Yeah, baby — and he’s got an automatic weapon ready and willing to shoot any crybaby whiny pussy libtard who calls him a ‘deranged lunatic’ just one more time, go on, I dare you.

    And then he will cut off your head.

    This is a police chief? The problem here soooo isn’t the profanity. The “dozens of heavily armed supporters” holding a rally is also worrisome.

  3. ArtK:

    Kessler complained the media had made “[him] out to be some kind of circus clown, deranged lunatic.

    Well, son, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

    There are two differences between this guy and a circus clown: 1) The circus clown may occasionally be funny; and 2) The clown’s gun has a flag that comes out saying “Bang” and won’t hurt anyone.

  4. kyoseki:

    Insofar as I can tell, he was only suspended for using the department’s weapons without permission, not for being a dick.

  5. Doc Bill:

    When I look at pictures of these “heavily armed supporters” I can’t help but to think back to my childhood when we played cowboys and indians, and army with our plastic guns, running around the neighborhood shooting each other, dying dramatically, and getting back up.

    These “supporters” are big children but running around with real guns. They’re going to be really surprised when they find them selves arrested for manslaughter or murder. Angry, childish people with real guns is not good at all.

  6. Moggie:

    The police chief has a radio show? Leaving aside his hate-clown persona, who in their right mind would think it’s acceptable for a police chief to be in the entertainment business?

  7. composer99:

    Kessler complained the media had made “[him] out to be some kind of circus clown, deranged lunatic.”

    He who lives by “calls it as I sees it”, dies by “calls it as I sees it”.

    Of course, the media have the distinct advantage of, based on the evidence, being correct.

  8. sillose:

    … is this some weird viral marketing gun control ad? if so: awesome work. im impressed theres finally a campaign with some real muscle behind it.

  9. Raging Bee:

    So how did the police respond to that rally of heavily-armed protesters?

  10. holytape:

    I really hate when jackasses say, “I’m sorry if I my words offended you.” I just want to shake them and shout, “You are not clever or witty enough to string together enough syllables to offend me. A barking dog isn’t offensive, it’s just annoying.”

    Also I wonder if his wife knows about how poorly he thinks of cock suckers.

  11. neonsequitur:

    From the “Self-Awareness is for Other People” Department:

    “Kessler has said he made the videos to draw attention to the erosion of the constitutional rights of free speech and to bear arms and he increasingly fears a government out of control.”

    The problem here is obvious: Kessler is the government, and he is out of control. A 30-day suspension isn’t going to get the point across to Mr. Kessler; his willful ignorance is impenetrable. They’re going to end up removing him, and then he can be as outraged as he wants to be on his own time, as a private citizen. Probably in a jail cell, by the time he’s finished.

    Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/01/mark-kessler-suspended_n_3685985.html

  12. evilDoug:

    I wonder if the city council could compel a psychiatric assessment as a condition of review of his suspension.
    I wonder if some citizens could obtain restraining orders against him being “within …”. Unless the court refused to hear such application, it would presumably allow all sorts of evidence into the court records.

    He’s past doubling down. He’s up to at least 2^2 already, and working on getting that exponent even higher.

  13. Area Man:

    In case anyone doesn’t know already, this circus clown, deranged lunatic shot himself in the hand during a bar fight. That makes him more or less scarey, depending on your perspective.

  14. raven:

    Gilberton, Pennsylvania

    Reminds me of some place.

    Hooterville, Hicksville? Not quite. Those people were just amusingly backwards.

    Maybe the Branch Davidians. Or some of the remote towns around Utah, controlled by the FLDS. You are probably OK if you are just passing through and not a federal agent. But you really, seriously don’t want to stop there.

  15. kantalope:

    How could be possibly be called as a witness in any court now? All the suspect would have to do – even if their SUV is festooned with Romney stickers is say – this guy thought I was a liberal and trumped up the charges.

  16. DaveL:

    A police chief who advocates the shooting of any and all people who disagree with his politics, yet rails against “tyrants”. He probably thinks “tyrants” are those exposed fixtures on the street where firefighters connect their hoses.

  17. kantalope:

    one of my be’s should be a he…..heebeejeebee

  18. Area Man:

    “I wonder if the city council could compel a psychiatric assessment as a condition of review of his suspension.”

    I’m generally against using psyc evaluations as a tool of humiliation. At any rate, you don’t need an evaluation to know that he’s temperamentally unfit for the job of police chief. Talk of violence against innocent civilians for a police chief is like a daycare worker musing about raping the children, or a bank teller who speaks of her desire to rob the bank. No employer in their right mind keeps a person like that.

  19. Reginald Selkirk:

    Another episode from his past: Gilberton settles councilman’s lawsuit

    Published: January 10, 2012
    Gilberton and two of its officials will have to pay $15,000 to settle a councilman’s federal lawsuit that alleged he had been unconstitutionally arrested, strip-searched and imprisoned because he used profanity toward the mayor…

    He’s probably a liberal fucktard, so why would we care if someone used the color of the law to harrass him?

  20. Reginald Selkirk:

    BTW, the mayor, Mary Catherine Roper, is also part of the problem.

  21. raven:

    BTW, the mayor, Mary Catherine Roper, is also part of the problem.

    More likely she and this police chief are just symptoms.

    Who elected them? The voters.

    I don’t know much about Gilberton, Penn. but I know enough to be glad to be living 2500 miles away. And I wouldn’t be caught dead driving through or stopping there. I’ll let some one else try that experiment.

  22. raven:

    Gibberton reminds me of a small Hooterville town near where I used to live.

    The mayor and city council got in a bunch of fights over nothing much. And then their water system upgrade went way over budget and cost the town more than they could raise in decades.

    They all quit suddenly for reasons that weren’t clear. I’m guessing the state or feds started asking questions and they might have been diverting city funds to their own bank accounts.

    Which left the city in the hands of the only employee left, an 18 year old low paid intern.

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  24. Area Man:

    “BTW, the mayor, Mary Catherine Roper, is also part of the problem.”

    She did say in the latest article that she found the videos “offensive” and a “black eye” on the community. Maybe it was just CYA, but if she’s his strongest ally, then he may well be finished. If it doesn’t blow over, which is probably what they’re hoping.

  25. Moggie:

    Send him on a fact-finding trip to Rwanda. He should feel right at home among the Hutu.

  26. caseloweraz:

    The three automatic weapons the chief used in the video (his second protest video, I read) were apparently police department property. He was suspended for misusing them.

    Gilberton is a town of under 1,000 souls in east central Pennsylvania coal country, apparently well off the beaten track. I guess the department needs those powerful weapons to repel terrorists who want to steal Gilberton’s coal.

  27. D. C. Sessions:

    This is going to get very, very ugly before it’s over.

    Do you mean the small-scale issue in PA, or do you mean the larger one going on across the country? Because that one has been headed for “very, very ugly” for a long, long time.

  28. evilDoug:

    I’m generally against using psyc evaluations as a tool of humiliation.

    I’m not suggesting it be done to humiliate or intimidate him. I suggesting it be done to formally evaluate him. I think he is a dangerous wacko completely unsuited for his job, but what I think doesn’t count, unless I’m on a jury trying his case.
    Two things are probable at the end of his suspension: he is fired or he is returned to duty. If he is fired, especially in view of a rally in support of him already having happened, the firing must be made to stick. If he is returned to duty, the council needs to be able to give sound rationale when that seems impossible.
    If that council has the sense Zeus gave a cauliflower, it will hire a lawyer expert in these matters and follow her advice. A lawyer may advise that a psych eval would be a very wrong thing to do, since Kessler would be entitled to use it in his defense, if it went in his favor.
    This guy has already cost each and every person in the town $15 for a previous illegal act. I can see the tab going way, way up from that if they fire him and he tries to sue for damages or reinstatement. He needs to be fired on a basis so sound that even the NRA can’t find a lawyer that would defend him.

    While I’m wondering, I wonder if the suspension for misuse of equipment was a convenient way of the council buying some time to seek legal advice.

  29. Michael Heath:

    This guy needs to be locked up now. He’s already provided convincing evidence he’s a direct threat to others.

  30. Modusoperandi:

    D. C. Sessions “Do you mean the small-scale issue in PA, or do you mean the larger one going on across the country? Because that one has been headed for ‘very, very ugly’ for a long, long time.”
    To be fair, that’s all Liberals’ fault, for comin’ and takin’ our guns every time a school room full of pretty white children falls in a hail of gunfire. Every. Single. Time. It’s to the point that I don’t even keep my guns locked in the safe that I refuse to get anymore. I mean, why bother when Obama’s jackbooted ATF thugs are just goin’ to come and take them (again!) anyway?
     
    If this keeps up, the Democrat Party is going to eventually succeed in some feckless, mild, vague, loophole-riddled, watered down Gun Reform that makes it fractionally harder for criminals to get the guns I’m fighting so hard to ensure they get with no inconvenience, while in no way protecting the next school classroom full of pretty white children.
    And they might even force me to not have so many rounds in my military-derived rifle magazines. Well, except for the millions of magazines that will be grandfathered in. But still, the idea that I might not have thirty rounds in my rifle frightens me to the point where I have to go out and buy another gun simply to maintain my boner!

  31. MattP (with every passing comment, I want ever more to DIAF):

    There are two differences between this guy and a circus clown: 1) The circus clown may occasionally be funny; and 2) The clown’s gun has a flag that comes out saying “Bang” and won’t hurt anyone.

    Unless you saw Tim Curry play a clown when you were way too young, in which case the label “clown” seems perfect for the likes of Kessler.

  32. democommie:

    Police Creep Kessler is the poster child for gunzloonz who have achieved a position of authority.

    Does anybody know how many cops actually work in that town. Is he the “chief” of a very small tribe?

    “Gilberton is a town of under 1,000 souls in east central Pennsylvania coal country, apparently well off the beaten track. I guess the department needs those powerful weapons to repel terrorists who want to steal Gilberton’s coal.”

    Mr. Don Williams to the Whitesonly courtesy phone, Mr. Don Williams to the Whitesonly courtesy phone.

    Dondi, the whole “West Virginia” thing was nothing but a feint–it’s the Pennsylvania coalfields the fuckers are really after. Do you know wny? of course you don’t. It’s because MILLIONS of tons of coal were sucked outta them thar hills and underneath those millions of tons of coal–left for the forces of evil to grab up and buy crack, Cristall and, and, well, use your imagination–there are hundreds of tons of DIAMONDS!!

    Kessler just wants to save his town and get what’s his!

  33. Marcus Ranum:

    I have to go out and buy another gun simply to maintain my boner!

    I’ve always been fascinated by the way that people attack gun owners’ sexuality. I don’t think there’s any actual relationship between psychosexual problems, penis size obsession, erectile dysfunction, and gun ownership/gun size — but it sure comes up (no pun intended) a great deal. Is it just a slur or do you think there’s something there?

  34. Modusoperandi:

    Marcus Ranum, I have the biggest guns that shoot the biggest bullets the fastest, the biggest truck with the highest lift and the biggest tires (and the biggest truck nuts) and the sports car with the biggest engine under the longest hood for a reason. America, that’s why.
    Ted Nugent (et al) doesn’t fire off magazine after magazine because he’s too much man. He does it because he isn’t enough of one. And also shooting stuff is pretty awesome.

  35. caseloweraz:

    Marcus Ranum: It’s been an element of pop psychology for as long as I’ve been aware of such things (and generally tongue-in-cheek). Refs:

    * The Beatles’ “Happiness is a Warm Gun”
    * The iconic scene in City Heat where Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood compare barrels

    But to be serious, I think there’s some relationship between gun ownership and feelings of sexual inadequacy. I don’t, however, think it’s an obvious or “one-to-one” relationship. I think owning guns and letting people know that you do is rather a way of demonstrating potency in the broader sense: the power to influence events.

    For the record, my opinion is that there are better ways to demonstrate that.

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