Cop who Pushed CNN Host Suspended - But Not Fired - After Video of His Racist Rant Emerges
A St. Louis County police officer who was seen pushing CNN host Don Lemon during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week was suspended from duty after a video of himself, CNN reported on Friday.
The video, posted online this past May, shows Officer Dan Page giving a speech before members of the Christian organization the Oath Keepers. At one point, he shows the audience a picture of himself in Kenya, saying he went there to search for the country’s “undocumented president,” Barack Obama.
“I flew to Africa, right there, and I went to our undocumented president’s home,” Page says. “He was born in Kenya.”
According to CNN, authorities were concerned over remarks Page made indicating a willingness to kill.
“I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I’m also a killer,” Page says in the video. “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. I have no problems with it. God did not raise me to be a coward."
On top of his suspension, Page was ordered to take a psychiatric exam. County Police Chief Jon Belmar also issued a public apology “to anybody that was offended” by Page’s remarks.
“He does not represent the rank-and-file of [the] St. Louis County Police Department,” Belmar told Lemon in an interview on Friday.
The footage also shows Page, a retired Vietnam veteran, saying he does not believe in hate crime laws, while also complaining about “sodomites” on the Supreme Court, “sodomites and females” entering the military, and blaming women for causing men to be arrested on domestic violence charges.
“Don’t be a waste of cops’ time,” Page says. “Just shoot each other and get it done.”
On Monday, Page was spotted pushing Lemon while he gave a live report during a protest criticizing the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson. Page was not wearing a badge or identification at the time.
Watch CNN’s report on Page’s suspension, as aired on Friday, below.