The mayor of Gilberton, Pennsylvania is standing by her city's police chief despite a series of profanity-laced and threatening videos.
In a video that has received wide attention, police chief Mark Kessler repeatedly tells those upset by his use of profanity to "go f*ck yourself" as he fires various automatic weapons.
Mayor Mary Lou Hannon told The Morning Call that Kessler had the right to express himself. The city would "not take action to quash free speech, whether or not each member of council or any member of council agrees with it."
Kessler has uploaded several profanity-laced videos to YouTube. In one video, Kessler berates "libtards" and warns of an armed rebellion against the government.
"F*ck all you libtards out there, as a matter of fact, read my shirt," he says, turning around to show a message on his back which read, "Liberals take it in the a**."
"You take it in the ass and I don't give a f*ck what you say so you can all just go f*ck yourselves. Period. I wont be going to D.C. and I don't give a f*ck. If you f*cking maniacs want to turn this into an armed revolt, knock yourselves out. I'm not about that, so see you on the other side."
In a video on basic pistol defense, Kessler repeatedly shoots a picture of a scary clown, which he says is Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). He calls Secretary of State John Kerry a "c*cksucker" in another video before firing off an automatic weapon.
Tuesday on his Facebook page, Kessler called for a massive rally to "show these tyrants we will not stand for any more violations on our constitution or our freedoms."
"I'm calling on all true Americans , all militia members, all true oath keepers to assemble, be ready to march on a tyrannical county government right here in Schuylkill county Pennsylvania, democrats are the true enemy of our country, our freedoms, our constitution, along with liberal news agency's , liberal news reporters, much like hitlers nazis , time we clean these antiamerican thugs from office," he wrote.
Kessler is also a freshman member of the North Schuylkill School Board and founder of the Constitution Security Force, which lists the Southern Poverty Law Center as an "anti-American organization."
Former Scranton Police Chief Dan Duffy said Kessler's conduct was appalling.
“This is exactly what a law enforcement officer should not be doing out there publicly, especially identifying himself as a law enforcement officer. It`s an embarrassment to us,” said Duffy.
UPDATE 7/24/13 10:50 am ET: John Usalis of the Pottsville Republican-Herald reached a vacationing Kessler by phone to ask him about the videos, and Kessler reiterated his support for his comments. "I think the video is in support of the Constitution -- the support of the First Amendment, the right to express your thoughts and words freely without reprisal from any government," he said. He also said that the public and interest in his videos was people "just trying to make a mountain out of a molehill."
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below: