Pa. police chief suspended after video profanities

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 10:04 PM

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania town 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 (SKOO'-kul) County decided at a meeting Wednesday 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 rights of free speech and to bear arms.

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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