Should police chief lose job after political YouTube rants?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
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.

Read more: http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/07/25/pennsylvania-police-kessler-youtube/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl30%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D349718

Should someone who holds a public office be held to a higher standard?

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Registered: 10-17-2012

Yes.  While I agree with his politics, the impression of the police, especially one of high rank, should be neutral and unbiased.

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Registered: 04-18-2012

I'm torn on this one!  On one hand it seems like everyone should have freedom of speech.  On another, it seems to me that just because you can express your thoughts/opinions on social media, doesn't mean you should, especially when you hold a high-profile position such as his.  Have your opinions, sure, but perhaps keep them to yourself? 

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Registered: 10-17-2012

I think there's a difference between "responsibly" expressing your point of view and a police chief shooting Democrat targets, calling them "libtards" and then posting the video on a public site.  It's the extreme nature of the "freedom of expression" that could cause concern.