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Foul-mouthed Pa. chief ‘voluntarily retired’

Updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 10:29 a.m.

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — A small-town Pennsylvania police chief who gained notoriety for his profanity-laced Internet tirades about the Second Amendment and liberals has left the department.

Officials in Gilberton reached a settlement agreement with Mark Kessler on Thursday that pays him $30,000 and considers him as "separated from his employment and voluntarily retired."

Kessler became the center of a controversy last year after he posted videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others. Borough officials suspended Kessler soon afterward.

Kessler's videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views online. He acknowledges they are inflammatory but says they're designed to draw attention to the erosion of Second Amendment and other constitutional rights.