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article image'Black robed perverts' video results in officer being suspended

By Karen Graham     Aug 22, 2014 in Crime
Ferguson - Many viewers saw officer Dan Page threaten to arrest CNN anchor Don Lemon earlier this week, and Mr. Lemon should count himself lucky it was just a threat. The Ferguson officer has been relieved of duty after an incriminating video surfaced on YouTube.
What ever credibility the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department may have had in the eyes of the country has been trashed with the discovery of a YouTube video recorded in April of this year, showing officer Dan Page giving an hour-long speech where he railed against black Americans, the LBGT community and President Barack Obama.
Don Lemon  talking live from Ferguson  Missouri August 22  2014.
Don Lemon, talking live from Ferguson, Missouri August 22, 2014.
Page is the second police officer to be relieved of duty during the demonstrations and riots over the death of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Lieutenant Ray Albers was suspended on Wednesday this week after a video emerged showing him pointing his assault rifle at protesters, threatening to kill him.
The hour-long speech was delivered at an Oath Keepers group meeting in April. According to the Inquisitr, Oath Keepers is a far-right group considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be an extremist organization. In the video, Page shows the audience a photo of himself in Kenya.
Page says, “I flew to Africa, right there, and I went to our undocumented president’s home… He was born in Kenya.” Authorities are also concerned over statements he made in the video indicating his willingness to kill people.
“I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me. I have no problems with it. God did not raise me to be a coward.”
In his speech, Page, who has served over 20 years in the police force, alleges he was a sergeant-major in the army, serving in the Vietnam conflict. Citing the US declaration of independence’s statement that “all men are created equal,” he said: “That does not mean affirmative action. It means we’re all equal … God does not respect persons so we have no business passing hate crime laws.”
At one point, Page holds up a bible, saying, "This here is the foundation for this." (Meaning the Declaration of Independence) “You can’t separate them. I don’t know what them black robed perverts don’t understand down there.”
Page continued to rant in the video, at one point saying, “If you take a stand against sodomy or abortion you’re a terrorist, ladies and gentlemen … In the military right now we have open sodomy, people holding hands, people swapping spit together. Sick. It’s pitiful.”
When someone from the audience asked a question, Page responded, saying, “Policemen are very cynical. I know I am. I don’t trust anybody. I hate everybody. I hate y’all, too. I hate everybody. I’m into diversity – I kill everybody. I don’t care.”
The nation and the world is trying to understand the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguso...
The nation and the world is trying to understand the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
The St. Louis County Police issue a letter of apology to the citizens of Ferguson and the nation tonight on their Facebook page. Following is the letter in its entirety:
"Some of you may have already seen the video of the St. Louis County Police Officer speaking off-duty at an Oath Keepers event. If you haven't we are sure you will in the coming days as news circulates the release of the video.
Chief Jon Belmar was notified of this video's existence today and upon a abbreviated viewing of the video was disturbed by the conversation being had. Chief Belmar does not expect this kind of rhetoric from his officers, just like they don't expect it from him.
Chief Belmar, on behalf of the St. Louis County Police Department, would like to apologize to the community, anyone that video has or will effect, and to the other hard working officers on the detail with the officer in question because they deserve better than that. While the officer has never been involved in an officer involved shooting, the statements made about killing are unacceptable and not what we are about as a Department.
We hold our officers to a high standard of honor both on and off duty. While we as a department do not have an issue with officers expressing themselves, this was disturbing and unacceptable. The officer is a 35 year veteran of this department and has been deployed numerous times in military service. He had passed the evaluations upon returning from deployment and there was no indication of this attitude.
Chief Belmar would again like to apologize to anyone this video has offended and aska any videos of this nature be reported so we can take proper action against any officer not meeting our standards."
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