(KMOV.com) – A St. Louis County Police officer was caught on camera spewing hate and threatening to kill. Now that video could cost the officer his job.
In the more than an hour long video, Officer Dan Page says, “Policemen are very cynical. I know I am. I don’t trust anybody and I hate everybody. I’m into diversity, I kill everybody. I don’t care.”
St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar said Page has been placed on paid administrative leave, but had he been a probationary officer, he could have been fired on the spot. Page had been working all week on the ground in Ferguson on day watch.
Earlier this year, Page told the St. Louis Oath Keepers association: “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. It’s that simple.”
“That part about killing, that’s unacceptable,” Belmar said, “That is not what we are about.”
Belmar said he has watched the hour and four minute video and said the context in which Page was speaking was as a retired military officer, having served in Vietnam and Afghanistan. However, in the video Page mentions he’s part of the St. Louis County Police Department.
“Don’t be wasting cops’ time. Just shoot each other and get it over with,” Page says in the video. “That’s how I feel about it. Don’t tell the colonel that.”
“I don’t have a problem at all with an officer expressing his first amendment rights of free speech,” Belmar said, “but this, in some parts, goes well beyond that.”
Belmar said Page has never been part of an officer-involved shooting or the subject of disciplinary action. But Belmar does want to apologize to the community and to his officers for these statements made by an officer that doesn’t reflect the department’s beliefs.