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Kessler Expects to Be Fired

Mark Kessler, the police chief in Gilberton, Pennsylvania who is currently serving a 30-day suspension after making a series of moronic and offensive videos dehumanizing half the people he is sworn to protect, did an interview with a local TV station and said he expects to be fired:

Kessler said he thinks he’s likely to lose his job after a 16-year career over pressure from Gilberton’s insurers.

“My mayor had called me and told me that the borough is being pressured from our insurance carrier,” he told WTXF. “If I’m not disciplined or terminated, they’re going to drop the insurance for the entire borough.”

Good. It shouldn’t have taken this long. He should have been fired the moment the first video appeared. But he doesn’t regret a thing:

“I don’t regret it because I believe I had an impact on a lot of people across the country,” Gilberton, Pa. police Chief Mark Kessler told WTXF in an interview that aired Monday. “You wouldn’t believe the tens of thousands of emails, and my phone doesn’t stop. [The support], it’s constant.”

I don’t doubt that’s true. I’m sure lots of far right extremists love the guy and support him. The rest of us think he’s dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a police station unless he’s being locked up.

Comments

  1. eric says

    “My mayor had called me and told me that the borough is being pressured from our insurance carrier,”

    Well, a public servant proclaiming on radio that they hate and want to kill half the people they are sworn to protect does open up the government to liability, yes.

    The only question here is whether the Mayor is truly symathetic to you, or whether they want you gone just as badly as the insurance carrier and you were too stupid to pick up on their subtext.

  2. tubi says

    I do worry about how Kessler will be able to support his family. It’s not like another jurisdiction is going to hire him any time soon.

    Oh, wait, I don’t worry at all. He’ll be a featured expert on FoxNews by Day 31.

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    Oh, I wouldn’t worry, I sure he can make some money writing a bestselling right-wing screed or ranting and raving on the Tea Party/Gun Nut lecture circuit.

  4. R Johnston says

    I don’t doubt that’s true. I’m sure lots of far right extremists love the guy and support him. The rest of us think he’s dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a police station gun unless he’s being locked up unconscious.

    FTFY. There was a time when I was in favor of gun control laws as a default lefty position. Then there was a time when I was convinced that gun culture was to deeply ingrained for the gun control fight to be a fight worth picking. Then I started actually listening closely to the gun nutters and realized how truly dangerous they are and how grossly irresponsible it is to allow them anywhere near guns. Even the ones who aren’t facially nuts are basically nuts; they almost uniformly fail to understand that guns are terrible defensive weapons and they almost uniformly maintain an active and fantastic fantasy life about using a gun in self defense.

    Any society that has laws that allow Mark Kessler access to guns is a society with a masochistic desire to inflict injury upon itself.

  5. John Pieret says

    I believe I had an impact on a lot of people across the country

    Yeah, you’ve convinced people across the country that central Pennsylvania has more than its alloted share of dangerous morons.

  6. Synfandel says

    The local police would do well to keep a close eye on him. He sounds like a violent scene waiting to happen. I hope he gets psychiatric help before he kills or maims anyone.

    In Canada, where we don’t have the constitutional right to bear the means of mass slaughter, that’s the kind of behaviour that gets your firearms possession permit yanked.

  7. Loqi says

    Well, yeah. If I told half the people who employ me that I hate them and have fantasies about their violent slaughter, I’d expect to be fired, too.

  8. wscott says

    He should have been fired the moment the first video appeared.

    Not a chance. Firstly, even assholes deserve some due process. More importantly, a knee-jerk instant firing like that would’ve exposed the city to more liability for not following their own personnel policies, and the inevitable settlement would’ve set Kessler up financially for life. HR processes simply don’t work that quickly in this country, especially in the public sector. I’m glad they’re taking time to do it right so when he’s gone, he’s gone for good. [/realitycheck]

  9. Michael Heath says

    Chief Mark Kessler:

    You wouldn’t believe the tens of thousands of emails, and my phone doesn’t stop. [The support], it’s constant.

    Yep, the very same group that includes people who phone equality advocates and threaten to kill them or express the glee they believe they’ll enjoy watching liberals burn in Hell. I know that group, I too have received their calls.

  10. grumpyoldfart says

    the borough is being pressured from our insurance carrier

    So he’s not getting sacked for his outrageous behaviour. He’s getting sacked because his continued presence could be expensive. [Fuck the safety of the citizens, we're talking about money here...]

  11. says

    Yeah, you’ve convinced people across the country that central Pennsylvania has more than its alloted share of dangerous morons.

    This was not news for us residents of Central PA, though.

    Most of the borough police “chiefs” may not be as psychotic as Kessler, but most of them are pretty useless. It’s not unusual for them to be “chief” of a department of one and usually, their only purpose is to run the local speed trap. As actual peace officers, though, you’d be better off with Barney Fife and his one bullet in his shirt pocket.

  12. says

    Too bad the Giilberton town council can’t be canned as well. After all they’re the folks who agreed that their one man police department should have 3 automatic weapons, including a machine pistol that isn’t common issue to most military special forces units because of its limited utility, and the practice time needed to use it effectively.

  13. Olav says

    Good thing that he is removed of course, one way or the other. And the insurance company is probably quite correct in its assessment of the risks involved. But still, how is it possible that an insurance company has this sort of power over the government of a town? I am not really familiar with the system of political divisions in America, but I suppose a city or a town is part of a greater polity that it can turn to for assistance in the case of damages. So why pay commercial insurance premiums? It’s seems a waste of taxpayers’ money to me.

  14. magistramarla says

    R Johnston @#5
    Thank you for so eloquently saying exactly what I feel.
    I’m living in Texas right now. The gun culture is so prevalent here, I have to assume that most grannies that I pass in the supermarket are packing heat in their purses. I won’t dare have a confrontation with anyone.
    My daughter worries about home invasions and has urged my husband to get a gun. I’ve told him that if he did so, I would no longer be living in the house. I know that all too often, the homeowner is killed with his own weapon.

  15. CaitieCat says

    I don’t see where he has any argument to make. Doesn’t he support the free market? The Invisible Hand is yanking his leash, he’s supposed to find that sexy, isn’t he, as a REAL ‘MURKAN?

  16. John Pieret says

    d.c.wilson @ 13:

    you’d be better off with Barney Fife and his one bullet in his shirt pocket.

    I am sure I’d feel safer with Barney, who could probably figure out it was better the call the State (actual) police rather than rushing into some situation spraying bullets hither and yon.

  17. says

    Kessler’s a douchebag.

    “I am not really familiar with the system of political divisions in America, but I suppose a city or a town is part of a greater polity that it can turn to for assistance in the case of damages. So why pay commercial insurance premiums?”

    You’re right, you’re not familiar with the way it works. Every civic governing body below the level of a state agency has to have liability insurance or they can’t function worth a damn.

  18. chilidog99 says

    Apparently the borough is looking into his buying and selling of guns through the department.

  19. Sastra says

    Frankly, “the insurance company is making me fire you” sounds like just the sort of excuse I might use if I had to tell a loose-cannon accident-waiting-to-happen heavily-armed repressed rage freak like Kessler that he was fired. Not my decision; out of my hands. What a shame.

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