St. Louis police officer Dan Page, who earlier this week pushed CNN host Don Lemon during a live broadcast in Ferguson, has been suspended from duty after video of him going on racist, homophobic rant went viral.
The bigoted remarks were made during an Oath Keepers meeting a few months ago.
During the speech, Page rants against Black Americans, the LGBTQ community, Muslim Americans, affirmative action, “sodomites,” and suggests that couples wherein one or both parties are victims of domestic violence should just “shoot each other.”
See Page’s full speech below:
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told USA TODAY on Friday that once he “learned of the tape, sought it out and viewed it himself, he immediately placed Page on administrative leave.”
“I don’t legally have the authority to fire an individual like that,” Belmar said. “I will tell you that if he were a probationary officer, he would not (have the latitude of an investigation) and I would have fired him an hour and a half ago.”
At the time that Page pushed Lemon, the host said: “Now you see why people are so upset here.”