Dan Page, a 35-year veteran cop with the St. Louis police department, has been outed and then ousted for his racist and bigoted views of just about everyone. Page, who had been assigned to crowd control among dissenters protesting the Michael Brown shooting, was relieved of his duties – permanently – after a video surfaced of his bigoted harangue.
The Huffington Post said Page “denounced hate crime laws and boasted of killings he claimed to have committed in 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.”
Speaking from a podium in the hour-long video that was uploaded in April, Page says: “Policemen are very cynical. I know I am. I hate everybody. I'm into diversity. I kill everybody.”
The video was obtained by CNN news reporter Don Lemon, who was at the receiving end of a long-armed shove from Page on August 18 as Lemon was reporting on the continued violence and unrest in Ferguson and St. Louis.
County Police Chief Jon Belmar first suspended Page and has since fired the racist cop. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Belmar would have canned Page instantly if a due-process internal review and a psyche evaluation were not first required.
In the video, Page is seen reading from the Declaration of Independence and the Bible, and lashes out against blacks, gays, Muslims and the federal government’s perceived abuses of power.
“Do you know how Muslims take care of you? They cut your head off,” Page says at one point. Later, he says: “We have no business passing hate crime laws. None. Because we're setting aside a group of people special. We got a Supreme Court out of control with laws on sodomy.”
Page calls President Obama an “illegal alien” and showed the group an alleged photo of himself in Kenya, where Page claims to have visited “our undocumented president's home. He was born in Kenya.”
A statement on the St. Louis Police Facebook page said the following:
Chief Belmar does not expect this kind of rhetoric from his officers, just like they don't expect it from him… 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.
Even the Oath Keepers, self-described as “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,’” did not care for Page’s summation, writing:
The statements made by Sargent Major Dan Page do not reflect the opinions of our local Oath Keeper Chapter, nor the national organization.