Denton PD Case #20055892
DENTON, TX, June 30, 2020 – On Monday, June 29 at approximately 11:25 p.m., Denton Public Safety Dispatch received a call regarding a disturbance in the 600 block of Fort Worth Drive at a restaurant. The caller stated a former employee was physically fighting with current employees. When the first officer arrived, they did not witness an assault actively occurring, and three male suspects left the restaurant. When additional officers arrived, they located one male suspect, Kado Heard (D.O.B. 12/24/95), who appeared to be stuck on top of a spiked metal fence with visible injuries to his chest. It was determined this suspect attempted to jump the fence while fleeing the scene, injuring himself in the process. Officers were able to lift the male off the fence, and medics treated then transported him to a local hospital for further treatment.
Surveillance video evidence of the incident was not made available by the establishment. Officers explained to parties on scene that law does not allow officers to arrest for misdemeanor assault when evidence cannot be obtained, and victims cannot identify who struck them.
In a video posted to social media, officers were accused of racial bias for not immediately arresting the suspect. There were both African American and Caucasian officers on scene, and the races of suspects and victims involved were African American and Caucasian. After the injured suspect was medically cleared, he was arrested on a U.S. Marshal Service warrant for possession of a weapon. He was transported and booked into the City of Denton Jail and charged with Aggravated Assault Causes Serious Bodily Injury, Assault Causes Bodily Injury, Assault of a Pregnant Person, and Assault on a Security Officer.
For the reasons described above, a municipal judge later determined there was not probable cause for the arrest, and the four assault charges were dropped. The suspect remains in jail on the warrant. This incident is still actively being investigated to determine whether arrest warrants need to be obtained for the two other involved suspects who left the scene. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call (940) 349-8558.