Ferguson, Missouri – Like roaches, after the first scurries across the kitchen counter, others are likely hiding in the walls. St. Louis policeman Dan Page is the latest evidence of infestation within an ostensible culture of bigotry sworn to protect but prone to inflict harm on the residents of the suburban town Ferguson. This latest indication of problems within the upper ranks of local law enforcement suggests an extermination company like Terminix will need something stronger than DDT to eradicate five-hundred years of systemic racism that comes as natural to some as having vanilla ice cream on apple pie, which is still the preferred flavor in the United States. The thought of having a cold dish of chocolate at the top of the menu brings shivers to those clinging by their fingernails to the narrow-minded tastes of the soda fountain days of the 1950s.
Dan Page, a 35-year police veteran, first entered the world stage as he pushed CNN journalist Don Lemon with his forearms for no observable reason. Officer Page had been assigned crowd control but truculence is usually seen more as a form of inciting confrontation than one of maintaining the peace. Lemon and his crew were simply doing their jobs to keep the public informed.
What happened would been forgotten as an isolated incident had not a video surfaced later across the blogosphere. It showed who Dan Page really was when he was with people of like minds. In this case, it was the local chapter of a group called the Oath Keepers. The following was copied from their national website:
About Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” That oath, mandated by Article VI of the Constitution itself, is to the Constitution, not to the politicians, and Oath Keepers declare that they will not obey unconstitutional orders, such as orders to disarm the American people, to conduct warrantless searches, or to detain Americans as “enemy combatants” in violation of their ancient right to jury trial. See the Oath Keepers Declaration of Orders We Will Not Obey for details.
As Page addressed an audience, whom would not have been mistaken for residents of Ferguson, he said, "Policemen are very cynical. I know I am," he ranted. "I hate everybody. I'm into diversity. I kill everybody.” He later added to his list non-Americans, non-Christians, non-heterosexuals, non-males, and of course President Obama. Page even claimed to have gone to a village in Kenya where said Obama was born.
Hours after the video went viral County Police Chief Jon Belmar suspended Page after watching it. Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he would have fired Page if a review were not required. According to USA Today, Page has been ordered to submit to a review, and to undergo a psychological evaluation starting Monday.
After being disavowed by the St. Louis County Police, the Oath Takers issued the following:
"The statements made by Sargent Major Dan Page do not reflect the opinions of our local Oath Keeper Chapter, nor the national organization. Dan Page, speaking to the St. Louis/St. Charles, Missouri Chapter of Oath Keepers, explains how they plan to end American sovereignty and the Constitution, establishing martial law and merging the U.S. with the New World Order."
Fair-minded Americans will certainly applaud St. Louis County Police for distancing themselves from an apparently deranged man given a badge and gun to protect the public, but questions of how he was able to hide in plain sight will probably leave many scratching their heads with disbelief.