Gilberton, PA Police Chief Mark Kessler is finally going to be former Gilberton, PA police chief. The borough council voted to fire him on Thursday. But I really wish the media would stop pretending it was because he said bad words on his videos.
Gilberton council members made the decision on Thursday concerning Chief Mark Kessler, the only full-time member of the town’s police force, who’s active in gun rights circles and is organizing an armed, non-government group that critics call a private militia.
Kessler, despite insisting he was simply exercising his constitutional rights in the videos, said the town council’s decision was “no surprise.”
“We knew it was coming,” he said.
A closed-door disciplinary hearing earlier in the day had dwelled on allegations including that Kessler improperly used a state-administered program to buy discounted tires for his personal vehicle, failed to submit required crime data and made derogatory comments about borough officials, said his attorney, Joseph Nahas.
Nahas said the charges were trumped up to conceal the town’s intent to fire Kessler over the videos. He said after the vote he’ll request a public hearing at which both sides can call witnesses, as is Kessler’s right under due process rules. The council would then have to vote a second time to fire Kessler.
I don’t see why the council couldn’t just say they were firing him for the videos he made. And it has absolutely nothing to do with vulgarity or profanity, it has to do with the fact that he expressed astonishingly dehumanizing views about the very people he is sworn to protect and is clearly unstable and dangerous.