Should police chief lose job after political YouTube rants?
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|Fri, 07-26-2013 - 4:39pm|
The chief says that he is granted the freedom of speech to post the videos, but is it career suicide to do so?
By now, most workers know that it's easy to get fired for mouthing off on Facebook or Twitter. So when Mark Kessler, a police chief in central Pennsylvania, posted YouTube video rants in which he shoots at images of Democratic party leaders and curses at them as "traitors" and "libtards," you might think that he'd be in for stern discipline.
So far, his comments have provoked intense controversy and debate, with some residents expressing support and others disgust, but Kessler -- also the sole police officer for the town of 800 residents-- has not been reprimanded by his superiors. In fact, his boss, Gilberton Borough Mayor Mary Lou Hannon has released a statement of support.
Should someone who holds a public office be held to a higher standard?