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St. Louis officer suspended after video comments

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis County Police chief says an officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has been suspended while the department reviews a 2012 video in which the officer calls himself “a killer” and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders.

Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday that an internal review will start next week into the video of Officer Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the department.

Belmar called the comments in the video first reported by CNN disturbing and “beyond the scope of acceptable police conduct.”

Belmar says that the officer was assigned to day patrols in Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a police officer.

A phone number for Page couldn’t immediately be found.

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