St. Louis County Officer Suspended After Bigoted Video Rant

Dan Page, a 35-year police veteran who had been assigned to patrol protests in Ferguson, Mo., is recorded making a range of inflammatory remarks.

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St. Louis County Police Officer Dan Page on Leave After Inflammatory Video Surfaces
Officer Dan Page of the St. Louis County Police Department was suspended after he appeared on video making incendiary comments about members of the U.S. Supreme Court and President Barack Obama, among others.

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A 35-year police veteran who was assigned to patrol protests in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen has been suspended after a video emerged of him making inflammatory remarks, CNN reports.

Dan Page, the officer, was suspended Friday while the department reviews the video, County Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"[I] apologize to the community and anybody who is offended by these remarks, and understand from me that he ... does not represent the rank-and-file of the St. Louis County Police Department," Belmar told CNN.

In the video Page hints at his future as "a killer," makes incendiary remarks about Muslims, women and gays in the military, and President Barack Obama while speaking to a group called the Oath Keepers of St. Louis and St. Charles. The group posted a link to the video on its Facebook page on April 23, CNN says.

During the scathing commentary, Page also berates certain members of the U.S. Supreme Court, calling them "sodomites," and speaks of visiting Kenya, "our undocumented president's home." He calls Obama "that illegal alien who claims to be our president," according to CNN.

The officer had been assigned to daytime patrols in Ferguson when protests erupted after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. During the early days of the protests, Page was criticized as being aggressive with protesters and news reporters, including CNN's Don Lemon.

Watch the video below:

Read more at CNN and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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