Denver mayor's son caught spewing gay slurs and threats at police officer in leaked video
Reports state that the mayor's son, Jordan Hancock, also appeared in court on Monday and agreed to pay a $250 fine for the speeding ticket he was issued.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock's son was caught on camera spewing insults and threats at a police officer who had pulled him at a traffic stop for speeding, according to reports.
Jordan Hancock, 22, was reportedly driving 65 miles an hour in a 40 mile per hour zone on Friday, March 23, just before 8 am in the Denver suburb of Aurora when he was stopped by an officer. The video of the entire exchange between the police officer and Hancock was released by ABC 7, which received the clip from an anonymous source.
The clip, which is a 20-second bodycam footage, shows a smiling Jordan hurling gay slurs at the officer and telling him that he will be unemployed soon.
Jordan can be heard shouting "My dad’s the mayor, you f—— f-g—” at the officer before speeding off.
"Guess what, I’m about to get you fired you f—— bitch," the 22-year-old also added.
#BREAKING Denver Mayor’s 22-year old son in an explosive verbal exchange with an Aurora police officer on March 23rd- “My dad’s the Mayor” Exclusive body camera video clip leaked to Contact7investigates @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/yRJvebw7xa— Tony Kovaleski (@TonyKovaleski) May 8, 2018
The Denver mayor released a statement on Twitter on Tuesday and stated that he and his wife and spoken to their son about the incident and added that Jordan had apologized to the concerned officer in the video.
The mayor wrote: "We’ve addressed our son’s behavior at a traffic stop with him. He’s apologized to the officer. While we don’t support nor condone his inexcusable actions and words, we love our son dearly and will work with him to turn a personal mistake into a valuable lesson for himself and the community."
We've addressed our son's behavior at a traffic stop w/him. He's apologized to the officer. While we don't support nor condone his inexcusable actions & words, we love our son dearly & will work w/him to turn a personal mistake into a valuable lesson for himself & the community.— Michael B. Hancock (@MayorHancock) May 8, 2018
Reports state that Jordan also appeared in court on Monday and agreed to pay a $250 fine for the speeding ticket he was issued. According to ABC 7, when the judge asked him for a reason for speeding, he told the judge that he was running late.
The Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz also released a statement about the video and said that they were conducting an internal probe concerning the leak of the video. Metz also added that the department will not release the full clip of the incident at this time.
Very proud of the leaker. The people have the right to know when a politician's progeny try bullying the police by threats and intimidation. I read that Jordan Hancock was involved with gangs in the past. Is that true? You're the police, not the coverup squad.— Illusive Answer (@Illusively) May 9, 2018
Metz on Facebook said: "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. This is true for traffic cases as it is for homicide cases. The Department is conducting an internal investigation about the unauthorized release of video evidence. To be clear, the internal investigation is not about the officer’s interaction with the driver. The officer was in compliance with Departmental policy throughout the encounter," the statement said.
Metz said that the department's decision was not influenced by the Denver mayor or any other official.
“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. This decision is consistent with the Department’s current practice on video disclosure," the police chief added.