Ex-chief says video rants meant to snare threats

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Posted: Dec 22, 2014 1:13 PM

A former small-town Pennsylvania police chief who posted online videos of himself ranting about liberals and the Second Amendment while shooting automatic weapons says he secretly fed information on people he viewed as threats to the FBI and state police.

Former Gilberton Chief Mark Kessler emailed copies of his private Facebook communications to the law enforcement agencies. That's according to documents he showed to The Associated Press.

The extent of his relationship with the agencies remains unclear. State police and FBI spokesmen declined comment.

The ex-lawman attracted attention last year after posting the incendiary videos.

Kessler says that individuals advocating insurrection and violence contacted him as a result of the videos, and he saw them as a threat and had a responsibility to report them to federal and state authorities.