Remember this guy? His name is Mark Kessler, and he’s the police chief of Gilberton, Penn., who’s posted profanity-laced gun-rights tirades on YouTube, much to his borough council’s displeasure.
Well, last week he was suspended for 30 days without pay (he’s the only cop in Gilberton, pop. under 800). Now, the council is demanding an inventory of guns he’s purchased and registered as town property. From the Allentown Morning Call:
“At this time we are requesting an inventory of the weapons currently registered in the name of the Borough of Gilberton Police Department. We also need to know the location of these guns,” [the borough's lawyer, Karen L.] Domalakes said in the letter dated Thursday.
The letter notes that at the meeting Wednesday where Gilberton council suspended Kessler without pay for 30 days, it also passed a policy barring borough employees from using their affiliation in any public statement, video or document without council’s permission.
“We are advising that Chief Kessler should remove any reference to his employment with the Borough of Gilberton from his ‘YouTube’ posts, ‘Facebook’ posts and other Internet statements,” Domalakes said.
The story notes that Kessler was suspended at a meeting where “more than 100 people jostled for space inside the meeting room and others carried semi-automatic weapons outside.”
I’m waiting for the cries of First- and Second-Amendment infringement.