A St Louis police officer who pushed a journalist on live TV has been suspended, but now a videotaped speech critical of the president and gays in the military has created more issues for Dan Page, a 35 year police veteran.
Page also denounced hate crime laws and boasted of killings he claimed to have committed in the remarks delivered to a group called the Oath Keepers of St. Louis and St. Charles. Its members vow to uphold the Constitution and are drawn from the military, law enforcement and emergency responders.
“Policemen are very cynical. I know I am,” Page says
CNN’s Don Lemon, who was pushed by Page on Monday at demonstrations triggered by the police killing of Michael Brown, obtained the video. It was uploaded to YouTube in April, but it was unclear when the recording was made.
County Police Chief Jon Belmar suspended Page after watching the video. Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he would have fired Page if a review weren’t first required. The review will begin Monday and Page will be told to undergo a psychological evaluation, according to USA Today.
Reading from the Declaration of Independence and the Bible, and talking about his past as a Green Beret, Page claims on the video that the federal government has abused its power.
“We have no business passing hate crime laws. None. Because we’re setting aside a group of people special,” Page says. “We got a Supreme Court out of control with laws on sodomy,” he says later.