If Pennsylvania police chief Mark Kessler is trying to achieve name recognition on a level with Arizona's Sheriff Joe, he's off to a pretty good start. Kessler released a YouTube video earlier this month that has gone viral, the Lehigh Valley's Morning Call reports; in it, the Gilberton chief offers such profanity-laced opinions as "libtards, youse take it in the a--, and I don't give a f--- what you say, so youse can all go f--- yourselves. Period." The "Chief Kessler" YouTube page offers other, similar videos, including a video in which he "apologizes" for prior controversial videos by issuing a big "f--- you" and a lot of gunfire. A former Scranton police chief plans to use the video in law enforcement classes as an example of what not to do, WNEP reports.
Kessler fires off restricted weapons in that video, which he says he made to bring attention to gun rights. (Fun aside: He once shot himself in the hand while off duty at a bar.) He's got the mayor's support; she says she won't try to "quash free speech." Kessler has also spoken at pro-gun rallies, on conservative talk radio, and has posted audio recordings he calls "The Chief Kessler Show" online, covering such topics as his anti-Obama and anti-illegal immigrant stances. And, yes, he has his own volunteer group similar to Sheriff Joe's "posse"; it's called the Constitutional Security Force and you can join it for as little as $25. Salon calls him "America's scariest police chief" and notes that he carries an M-16; it describes his posse as a "paramilitary militia group." Click for much, much more on Kessler. (Read more Mark Kessler stories.)