Chester City cop allegedly gave stolen Taser to convict accused of posing as journalist

Jim Melwert
August 21, 2019 - 6:22 pm
Donald Jackson, Jr.

Delaware County District Attorney's Office

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Chester City police officer is charged with stealing a Taser from the department and giving it to a man who wasn’t allowed to have it. 

Donald Jackson, Jr., 44, is facing felony charges of theft and conspiracy. He allegedly took the Taser from the Chester Police Department, where he worked as a special project officer, and gave it to Nikolaos "Nik the Hat" Hatziefstathiou.

Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland said when detectives showed Jackson text messages they found on 25-year-old Hatziefstathiou’s phone, Jackson confessed.

“He admitted he had taken the police Taser from the Chester City Police Department and later delivered it to Hatziefstathiou,” Copeland added.

Police found text messages between the two from January, when Hatziefstathiou texted Jackson, "Know anyone I can borrow a taser from? I’m going to be in some bad areas while I’m down there this weekend."

"I have one," Jackson replied. "You can’t tell anyone where you got it though."

Additional text messages show that Hatziefstathiou went to Jackson’s Delco home that night to get the Taser.

Jackson followed up about the Taser in April, to which Hatziefstathiou said, “Oh yeah! We have one more shoot was gonna use it just in case.” 

Police found the Taser in Hatziefstathiou’s Broomall home in June while serving a search warrant. 

That warrant was part of a wide-ranging investigation into Hatziefstathiou, including allegations that he forged an email from Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Services, then posted it as a news story on his website, claiming probations officers in the county were racist.

He also posed as a Good Morning America producer and New York Times reporter to try to obtain government documents.

Hatziefstathiou has previous convictions of harassment and false reports to law enforcement — in one case, sending escorts to his neighbor’s home, then calling police.

“It’s disappointing when we have law enforcement officers use their position of trust and authority to obtain a weapon and then to transfer it illegally to a convicted criminal,” Copeland said.