St. Louis County Cop Suspended After Racist Video Goes Viral

If there's one thing the police department doesn't need right now, this is it.

As the battle rages on in Ferguson, Mo. after a police officer shot and killed teen Michael Brown, one cop from St. Louis County has been suspended because of a viral video in which he can be heard passing racist remarks and boasting about killing people.

Officer Dan Page opened up the floodgates to his own demise last Monday when he shoved CNN host Don Lemon on camera as he was reporting live from Ferguson. CNN was then able to obtain a tape of the officer giving a speech in front of Oath Keepers in 2012 in which he criticized the country's "undocumented president," referred to the U.S. Supreme Court justices as "black-robed perverts," and reportedly stated the following gem: "I'm into diversity. I kill everybody. I don't care."

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St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said he watched the video himself and that, while he couldn't simply fire Page because he is a 35-year veteran of the department, he placed him on immediate administrative leave. An internal affair investigation and psychological review will take place before the department decides how it should proceed.

Page is a retired Army sergeant major and Vietnam veteran. Belmar admits that, although Page would probably have provoked a disciplinary review for making unsavory comments about Muslims and the president, his statements about killing were what really bothered him.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Page reportedly said, "I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord savior, but I'm also a killer. I've killed a lot. And if I need to, I'll kill a bunch more."

Le sigh.

I know this is bad. But one bad apple doesn't spoil the bunch. We need to keep that in mind as we read all of these (many) negative stories about police officers, which have all seemed to surface within the past three weeks. If you turn your attention on any profession -- from teachers to doctors -- you're going to find rotten fruit. We need to keep this in perspective and not condemn police officers as a whole for the mistakes of some who, clearly, make poor decisions.

What's your opinion on all of the negative stories surfacing about police officers?

 

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