Mansfield Borough Police Officer suspended after disturbing rant filmed while on-duty

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MANSFIELD, Pa. (WETM) – A member of the Mansfield Borough Police Department has been suspended after filming a TikTok live video inside his police car while making racist, sexual, and inflammatory comments about slavery, liberals, and several other controversial topics.

The officer, identified by our media partner the Wellsboro Gazette as Officer Brian Gossert, was in full uniform during the video and at one point has a man in the back of his patrol car while filming.

During another segment of the video exclusively acquired by 18 News from TikTok user ARonUNC, the officer acknowledges during the video that he is on duty while taping. He also says he would file a grievance if we were to lose his job for filming himself at work.

The TikTok account, “officer_goose,” has since been deleted, but the video was screen recorded and shared on social media.

Mansfield Borough Manager Christopher McGann confirmed with 18 News that the borough is aware of the situation, but could not comment further on the case or the officer’s status with the department.

McGann referred 18 News to the borough’s labor attorney, who was unavailable for comment.

On Wednesday night the Mansfield Borough Council released a statement on the police department’s Facebook page.

The Mansfield Borough Council is aware that a borough police officer posted offensive videos on a social media platform which were recorded and posted while he was on duty. The Borough Council is appalled and outraged by this conduct. The officer has been suspended and an investigation is proceeding. The views expressed in these videos do not reflect the values of the Borough government.

Gossert was recently hired as a full-time officer, according to minutes from the borough’s Sept. 9, 2020, meeting. He had previously served as an “as-needed officer” according to borough minutes from Aug. 14, 2019.

Gossert graduated from the Mansfield University Police Academy in 2012, according to the Wellsboro Gazette.

WARNING: COMMENTS ARE DISTRURBING

“I don’t understand how (the Confederate flag) is racist, it represents the South. Just like the Union flag represents the North. No one says that the union flag is racist. So why are we saying the Confederate flag is racist?”

“Well they fought against the North. So yeah, technically they fought for slavery, I guess you could say, but again, that’s been over 200 years ago, I think it’s time that people just like, get the f*** over themselves. Because, if, if that’s true. If the symbolism behind that flag is still that hurtful now, then we should still hate the south. So, why hate them for something that no one is alive from anymore.

“You want to know who started the KKK, the f****** Democrats, probably the same party that you agree with. So again, get f***** like read a f****** history book. Everyone wants to call cops racist but yeah you know who starts racism, Democrats.

“It’s okay we can justify our flag, because it’s not as bad as the flag next to us.”

“They need to get the s*** kicked out of them”

Gossert made additional graphic comments regarding violence and sexual references while in his police car.

The video also shows the officer arresting a man and insinuating that the man was high.

The entire video with expletives removed can be viewed below. Viewer discretion is advised.

Our media partner the Wellsboro Gazette says the borough’s personnel committee held an executive session Wednesday afternoon to discuss the matter.

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