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Police Chief Under Fire For 'Shooting Councillor'
A Pennsylvania police chief says he expects to be fired after posting a video which shows him shooting at a target purportedly named after a local councillor.
In the video Mark Kessler is seen to hold up a target called "Eric" with the face of a clown before saying it would soon meet "my friend Mr Kalashnikov".
Mr Kessler has been embroiled in a battle with the council in Gilberton after he was suspended last month for 30 days over alleged unauthorised use of official weapons.
"I'm going to do a little shooting today ... this target is named Eric," Mr Kessler said in the video.
"Eric's a tyrant and likes to go around and strong-arm people.
"Well, Eric is going to meet a friend of mine today ... and I don't know if Eric is gonna like him."
Mr Kessler then displays a Kalashnikov AK-47 automatic rifle with a magazine of ammunition.
The police chief also shows a second target, "Danny", who is apparently named after Gilberton council's president.
He then fires off a round of bullets at the first target, Eric, which is located out of sight.
Retrieving the destroyed image, Mr Kessler said: "All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Eric back together again. Poor Eric."
Friday is the last day of Mr Kessler's 30-day suspension and the council is expected to decide his fate at a special meeting.
Meanwhile, a petition has been launched by Pennsylvania's Keystone Progress action group to fire the police chief.
"Kessler is a ticking time bomb who must be removed from his position immediately," Keystone Progress executive director said Michael Morrill said.
"(His) continued intimidation of people he disagrees with has created a climate of fear in Gilberton and beyond,"
Mr Kessler was suspended from his job after he uploaded a sequence of profanity-laden video in which he rants about the second amendment and so-called liberals, whilst spraying bullets from a machine gun.
His online pro-gun videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
Mr Kessler has since launched an internet radio show and created a "Constitution Security Force" that he claims already has chapters in 45 states.
The 41-year-old ex-coal miner says his message has resonated with a segment of the public that shares his views.