Photo By Jacqueline Dormer/AP FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler, center, talks with the media before a closed disciplinary hearing in the borough building, in Mahanoy Plane, Pa. Kessler, who was suspended after posting online videos of himself shooting automatic weapons while screaming profanities about liberals and the Second Amendment, gets a chance to argue for his job on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
A hearing for a Pennsylvania police chief who made profanity-laced Internet videos about liberals and the Second Amendment was halted suddenly Thursday night after a handgun belonging to one of his supporters slid out of its holster and crashed onto the concrete floor.
The loaded semi-automatic handgun landed inches away from Gilberton Chief Mark Kessler and his attorney. It did not go off, but attorney Joseph Nahas said that he and other officials were concerned about the safety of everyone in the tiny, crowded meeting room at borough hall.
Nahas said the hearing will be continued at a nearby courthouse, where weapons are prohibited.
"To have what happened in this particular room made of concrete and steel, I think, could be fatal for many, many people," he told the audience.
The supporter who dropped the weapon declined comment.
"It's alarming," Nahas said afterward. "I can't conduct my job appropriately when handguns are being dropped on concrete."
The gun incident marked an abrupt end to a hearing at which Kessler was fighting to save his job. Town officials have already voted to begin the process of firing him, but under due-process rules the chief is entitled to call witnesses at a public hearing.
It's really quite funny that at a hearing in which the Chief was calling witnesses to support his position, one of them dropped a gun on the ground.
They should fire Kessler and his gun-dropping buddy, too.