*WARNING: The video in this story contain graphic, profane, and offensive language.*
Since July 24th, automatic-weapon-toting Gilberton, PA, Police Chief Mark Kessler has been in hot water when his uncensored videos saying things like “F**k all you libtards, went viral. Now we’ve learned the sage continues: the Gilberton Borough Town Council has voted to terminate Kessler.
The council’s vote to remove the borough’s only full time law officer followed a closed-door disciplinary hearing that reportedly examined some other allegations about Kessler’s conduct that were unrelated to the gun videos. It comes about a month and a half after he was suspended initially and about three weeks after he was suspended indefinitely.
Kessler’s attorney, Joseph Nahas, said the charges were trumped up to conceal the town’s intent to fire Kessler over the videos, The Associated Press reports. 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.
The AP is also reporting that Kessler told members of the press that he’d broken no laws: “None. I’d be in handcuffs.”
Still, Kessler said the council’s decision was “no surprise.”
“We knew it was coming,” he told the AP.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t stand by what he did.
“My message was to wake up the people who are independents,” he added, “to say, ‘We’ve had enough and something needs to change, because we’re in bad shape all around. Not only here in this little town but across the nation. It’s a mess.’”
Earlier this summer when the videos first broke, Mayor Mary Lou Hannon, in a phone call with TheBlaze, said she considered it a “free speech” issue. In a ringing endorsement, she said, “If you were in trouble, he’s the kind of guy you would want by your side, protecting you. He’s a no-nonsense police officer.”
If you are unfamiliar with the videos that attorney Nahas claims are the real reason for the attempted firing of his client, here’s the one that started it all [content warning]:
Kessler’s YouTube channel has more than 50 videos posted, generating hundreds of thousands of clicks. However, under closer examination, only a handful of the clips earn more than a few hundred views. One of the most controversial videos featured Chief Kessler in his official uniform shooting a clown target that he constantly refers to as “Nancy Pelosi.”
Shortly after initial Blaze story was posted, that video was changed from “public” to “private” status.
TheBlaze has reached out both Kessler’s attorney and Mayor Hannon for additional comment. We will update the story with information about the public hearing and a second vote that will ultimately determine if the police chief keeps his job or is terminated.