Target: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett
Goal: Fire Chief Mark Kessler of the Gilberton, Pennsylvania police department for threatening and unbecoming conduct
Recently, Chief Mark Kessler of the Gilberton Police Department in Pennsylvania released a series of YouTube videos. In these videos, Kessler uses slurs referring to homosexuality and the mentally handicapped against liberals. When public outcry arose against the content of Chief Kessler’s videos, he released a third video in which he is seen firing an automatic assault rifle with a 50-round clip until its drum empties. He then asks “did you get that one, you bunch of cocksuckers?”
Kessler’s actions in these videos could be construed as threatening towards political groups with whom he is not in immediate agreement. His language regarding the mentally handicapped and gay communities shows that he is not a man who empathizes with groups other than his own. This is a dangerous trait in any police officer, who by virtue of their position must interact with people from all walks of life.
Kessler’s threatening behavior with his assault rifle certainly constitutes conduct unbecoming of an officer. Police are meant to protect and serve the public, not to threaten and insult them. Tell Pennsylvania to relieve Chief Mark Kessler of duty.
Dear Governor Tom Corbett,
The people of Gilberton, Pennsylvania, deserve a police chief whom they can trust. Mark Kessler is not simply untrustworthy; he’s dangerously unstable. Kessler’s public statements, which he shared on YouTube, are not in and of themselves grounds for termination, since they are protected under free speech. However, Chief Kessler’s threatening behavior with automatic weapons should be grounds for his immediate dismissal.
Mark Kessler’s YouTube videos, which he voluntarily shared with the public, contain threatening behavior which does not inspire confidence in his ability to protect and serve. Pressure the Gilberton Police Department to fire Mark Kessler for conduct unbecoming of an officer. Police are meant to protect, not to threaten. Show Pennsylvania that you hold the enforcers of state law to a high standard, and condemn Mark Kessler’s threatening and intimidating behavior. This Chief must be relieved of duty.
[Your Name Here]
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