GILBERTON, Pa. - A local police chief suspended for posting videos in which he fired borough-owned automatic weapons while shouting obscenities is mounting a write-in candidacy for sheriff.
Gilberton Chief Mark Kessler announced his candidacy for Schuylkill County sheriff via social media. He said on his Facebook page that he's running to break the "death grip of career politicians" on both sides of the aisle.
"This won't be easy," Kessler posted. "A write-in campaign is almost impossible, but we hope all true patriots will come assist and turn the tide of this thuggery machine that has been destroying our constitution for decades and decades."
Kessler's pro-gun videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online. They show him shouting about the Second Amendment and liberals while spraying machine-gun fire.
Borough council said Kessler didn't have the borough's permission to use the weapons and suspended him indefinitely.
Kessler's disciplinary hearing is scheduled for next week. He has said he expects to be fired.
Allentown, PA 18102