A former Bonner Springs councilman charged with multiple misdemeanors admits posing as an undercover officer to attend a concert – and, in another incident, urging an acquaintance to kill himself. He also admits having sent this acquaintance an obscene photo.
Yet after completing his four-year term earlier this month, Jordan Mackey said in an interview that he is not done running for office. And why not? Wyandotte County voters rewarded the repeat abuser and arrested Aaron Coleman with a Kansas House seat last year.
Mackey, who is 35, regrets what he calls multiple acts of immature stupidity but believes his multiple lawsuits must be politically motivated against him as a “republican Christian man” in heavily Democratic Wyandotte County.
Among other offences, he is charged with impersonating a law enforcement officer for attempting to enter a Machine Gun Kelly concert as a plainclothes officer on October 3. A court affidavit says Mackey gave a private security guard his city council business card and claimed he worked at the gig for the police, which a department official denied on the spot. After buying a ticket, the affidavit says Jordan then approached the police chief inside the concert and said, “I had to try.”
“It was a joke,” Mackey said. ” I did not do anything wrong. It was stupid what I did, but it wasn’t so stupid that I got sued by a district attorney.
Bonner Springs Police didn’t see the humor. “We take all complaints of officer impersonation seriously,” Major Chris Nicholson wrote in an email. “We investigated the complaint and forwarded our case and affidavit to the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office. The DA’s decided to charge Mackey based on our investigation.
A separate incident, for which he is accused of stalking a Colorado man, was considerably more serious.
The man, a friend of Mackey’s girlfriend, allegedly told him over the phone that he was suicidal. But it was Mackey who answered, on his girlfriend’s phone, that the man should go ahead and kill himself.
He also admits to electronically sending the man a photo of what police describe in a court affidavit as “the back of his scrotum.”
Mackey claims he was angered by the lewd videos the man sent his girlfriend, and sent the indecent photo to her as a ‘macho’ way of telling the man to leave his girlfriend alone . “I was raised in a Christian home,” Mackey says. “I always protect the women in my life.”
Maybe you’re not trying to drag Christianity into this? And as for protecting women, Mackey admits that a woman in his life asked for a police escort as she left her home – and even then he was arrested for catching her. Just to get his keys, he said.
Mackey acknowledges urging the suicidal man to end his life, but excuses the inexcusable behavior by saying he didn’t think the man was serious. “It was more of a dialogue,” he says. “I wasn’t dictating to him.”
Thank goodness for that. Obviously, this person should no longer hold a position. But the most important point here is that this is what happens when voters choose to support the candidates they have not been properly checked.
The next time you see his name on the ballot, you can’t say you don’t know.