Two officers suspended after body cam video was leaked of the Denver mayor's son berating cops
Two Colorado cops lost a day’s pay after it was determined that they had violated department regulations by leaking a video of the Denver mayor’s son berating an officer during a traffic stop.
“My dad’s the mayor, you f--king f-----t,” 22-year-old Jordan Hancock told Aurora, Colorado officer Paul McClendon after being pulled over for going 65 in a 40 mph zone, the video shows.
Jordan threatens to have the cop fired.
That did not seem to intimidate the officer, however.
“Well, you’re in Aurora, bud. He ain’t mayor of Aurora,” the cop replied. In the video, Hancock repeatedly curses at the officer during the stop. “I’m sure your dad is going to be proud.”
At the conclusion of their investigation, the Aurora Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau found that McClendon acted appropriately, but other officers to whom he showed the video did not.
Officer Paul Timmons recorded a copy of the video with his phone and showed it to officer Judy Gurley-Lutkin, who then showed it to her husband, according to station KDVR 2 News in Denver.
Body cam footage generally is not released to the public
The video was also leaked to the press, but it was unclear by whom.
Aurora Chief of Police Nicholas Metz said that body cam footage generally is not released to the public to protect the privacy of people who have been recorded by the government.
“In this matter, a portion of the video was improperly copied and disclosed,” Metz said in a statement. “It remains of great concern to the Department that the video was released without departmental authorization. It is not appropriate for any officer to disclose evidence, video or otherwise, publicly when a matter is pending prosecution.”
He said that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock played no role in the case.
“The Department has not discussed and was not in any way influenced by the Mayor of Denver or any Denver official in making this determination,” Metz said.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in a tweet that his son’s behavior was “inexcusable” and the young man has apologized to the officer.
“We love our son dearly & will work w/ him to turn a personal mistake into a valuable lesson for himself & the community,” he said.
In addition to apologizing to the officer, Jordan Hancock paid a $275 fine for speeding.