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Outspoken rapper Kanye West has come under fire from an Ohio police chief who has written an open letter chastising the star for comparing himself to cops and soldiers.

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Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver has become an unlikely online sensation after publishing a note addressed to West on the force's official Facebook.com page following the rapper's controversial comments during a recent interview on U.S. radio show Saturday Night Online.

West sparked outrage when he appeared to suggest his job is just as dangerous as working as a cop or a member of the armed forces, saying, "I'm just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally. That mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped... You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like 'Wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something'."

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Oliver was so furious about the remarks, he posted a scathing letter online chastising West, writing, "(I do not) agree with your very ignorant assessment of your career (or any other performer) as it relates to a person in the military or a police officer's service. You sir, are as misguided as they come. I do have a suggestion for you. Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military. After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men and women are currently serving. ... I know it is supply and demand and the demand for your services is high. I get economics. What I do not get is you ever comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm's way ... and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves."

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The post has turned the police chief into an online sensation, scoring almost 100,000 "likes" on Facebook.