TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL JAIL CHAOS KEPT MUSICIAN MARK LOWREY LOCKED UP OVER PARKING TICKETS!!!
For those who don't know already, Mark Lowrey is one the most talent musicians currently working in Kansas City. He's a constant musical collaborator with wide cross-section of top ranking artists, a promoter of local talent and pretty much this town's favorite piano man. Sadly, local acclaim and genius skill on the ivories couldn't help the guy get out of jail over a seemingly petty charge.
First thing first, Mr. Lowrey acknowledges that he had four unpaid parking tickets. Furthermore, when we reached out to Mark he had some reservations about sharing his story. "I don't know if a guy that often is the recipient of white privilege going to jail is big news," Mark Lowrey humbly offered.
But his story is important for every resident of Kansas City who might find themselves in great danger over a minor infraction.
Accordingly . . .
AMID SOCIAL MEDIA OUTRAGE FROM HIS FANS, MARK LOWREY SHARES HIS STORY OF A LONG TIME SPENT IN JAIL OVER PARKING TICKETS!!!
Some folks are blaming a recent Kansas City & Jackson County Municipal Jail agreement that regularly keeps people locked up for extended periods when sorting out minor arrests from serious run-ins with the law.
Now the story . . .
Here's The Word From Kansas City Musician Mark Lowrey
I just missed an important gig tonight:
Early this morning, I was arrested for unpaid parking tickets. I was told it would be a pretty quick in and out deal.
I was referred to by my race many times. Other inmates AND officers said the most unkind, unintelligent (I'm losing faith in humanity) things to each other that I don't want to repeat. I was moved out of the pen to a little trapezoid cell and I was told by one of the officers in an amused voice, "we forgot to call your name a few times, white boy. This might help move things along." It was really really cold. After a bit, a probably meth head was put into the tiny room with me. He kept screaming lots of curse words about wanting a cigarette. He eventually calmed down and said that he was really hung over and wanted to lay down. I moved to sit on the floor and told him to take it easy, because he also mentioned that he just stabbed his sisters bf in independence last night.
After being incarcerated for 10 hours, I was offered food for the first time. It was disgusting and the orange was not safe to eat.
I followed all the rules and was very polite. I was laughed at, ignored, and abandoned.
I got out with just my own signature nearly 12 hrs after I went in....For unpaid parking tickets.
This has been one of the worst days of my adult life.
I'm not looking for sympathy so much as answers. Cops, lawyers, is this just how the KC jail goes down, or did I come on a lucky day?
As usual, Mr. Lowrey addresses the situation with class and good cheer:
Mark Lowrey: "As a regular recipient of white privilege, now that it's over, I actually appreciate the experience for its perspective I didn't previously know first hand."
Still, this arrest report over parking tickets and a day spent in the can could happen to ANYBODY in Kansas City given that a lot of people get parking tickets and never know it.
With so many recent and horrifying Kansas City jailhouse reports, this story deserves mention not only because it happened to beloved local musician but also because the incident has the potential for tragic consequences by way of subjecting locals facing minor fines to a prison industrial complex that's increasingly out of control.
You decide . . .