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Schuylkill County police chief suspended over video

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 1, 2013 4:02 AM
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(Gilberton) -- A midstate police chief who appears in online videos using profanity and shooting automatic weapons has been suspended for 30 days without pay.

The borough council of Gilberton in Schuylkill County decided at a meeting last night to suspend Chief Mark Kessler, saying he misused borough property.

It says he used the weapons without permission.

Kessler says he made the videos to draw attention to the erosion of the constitutional right to bear arms and to free speech.

Gilberton Mayor Mary Lou Hannon says she found the police chief's language offensive.

Kessler says he won't apologize for making the videos and doesn't regret having done so.

He says he looks forward to getting back to work after the suspension.

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