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article imageSt. Louis police officer: I'm into diversity, I kill everybody

By Megan Hamilton     Aug 23, 2014 in World
Ferguson - The St. Louis County police officer who pushed CNN's Don Lemon during live coverage of protests in Ferguson, MO. is now suspended from duty after an online video surfaced showing the officer launching into an hour-long racist rant.
Officer Dan Page engaged in a rant against minority groups, women, liberals, and politicians during an Oath Keepers of St. Louis/St. Charles meeting. Page was assigned to keep order among a crowd of mostly black protesters in Ferguson, The New York Daily News reports.
Reports differ as to when the video was made. The Daily News wrote that it was made in April 2014, while The St. Louis County Post-Dispatch reports that it was made in 2012.
Page was suspended on Friday after he made vile comments raging against the "four sodomites on the Supreme Court," hate-crime legislation, women, and Muslims.
"You're either gonna go to the ballot box or the bullet box in the next 18 months," he yelled while disparaging Missouri's two Senators. "Roy Blunt (Republican) and Claire McCaskill (Democrat) won't even talk to me — they say 'you're an extremist' and I say, 'amen!' And I'm real good with a rifle. My best shot is 1,875 meters. I got me a gold star on that one. You run from me, you're gonna die tired."
According to Yahoo! he also said:
"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. I'm into diversity — I kill everybody. I don't care."
Page kept making even more disgusting remarks. His targets included:
• President Obama — “an undocumented president” from Kenya.
• Domestic violence — “If you don’t like each other that much, just kill each other and get it over with,” he said, per the Daily News. “Problem solved, get it done. Don’t be wasting cops’ time, just shoot each other and get it over with, that’s how I feel about it.”
St. Louis County police chief, Jon Belmar has put plenty of space between the department and Page's cruel remarks by suspending him last Friday. The incendiary remarks were brought to his attention by Lemon after Page shoved him, the Dispatch reports.
The turmoil over the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer that has sparked protests has cast the glare of this now international news story on to the local police, and it's an intense and unflattering light. Yes, Belmar said he would have reacted to the video the same way absent the protests, but he admitted he wouldn't have faced the same pressure to maintain the county police force's image, per the Dispatch.
Page's inflammatory comments regarding President Obama, the US Supreme Court, Muslims and people with various sexual orientations would probably triggered disciplinary review because they were "beyond the scope of acceptable police conduct," Belmar said.
Page's comments in the video where described himself as--in Belmar's words--"an indiscriminate killer, that it didn't matter what your race or background was," were what bothered the police chief the most.
"With the comments on killing, that was obviously something that deeply disturbed me immediately," Belmar said in the article.
An internal review is scheduled for Monday, and Page will not be doing police work until internal affairs officially determines whether the officer should be suspended, Belmar said.
"Had he been a probationary officer doing the same thing, I would have fired him two hours ago," Belmar told the Dispatch.
In the video, Page, a 35-year veteran with the department, said that he is a former Green Beret who worked nine combat tours and took early retirement from the military because he refused to take orders from "an undocumented president."
"It's very concerning to the NAACP that an officer like that is on the ground. And who knows what he's already done on the ground already?"John Gaskin, a St. Louis County and national board member of the NAACP, told CNN Friday, per the Dispatch.
Belmar issued a public apology for Page's remarks and he has been ordered to take a psychiatric exam.
"He does not represent the rank-and-file of [the] St. Louis County Police Department," Belmar told CNN, per Yahoo!
The situation in Ferguson is already a tinderbox. Police officers like Page do great damage because they provide the sparks that can ignite an explosive situation.
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