Jairon Katz and Scott Kida: Update on cops' inappropriate-conduct investigations
Update: Yesterday, we told you about separate investigations of alleged inappropriate conduct aimed at two Denver police officers, Jairon Katz and Scott Kida, with the former accused of having sex in his patrol car and the latter suspected of an improper relationship with a domestic-violence victim; look below to see our previous coverage, including photos and video.
We've now received an official status update from Denver Police Department spokesman Matt Murray. Continue for details.
According to 7News, Kida was assigned to investigate a domestic-violence case, and the woman at the center of it subsequently exchanged numerous text messages with him. One such text from him read, "Send me a pic so I know it's really you..."
She eventually forwarded six photos, and he reciprocated with three of his own, including one showing him on a motorcycle; riding is his hobby, as he describes in a post about him published last year. In addition, he responded to a compliment about his physique by texting "lol, Thanks :).... Trust me... you are very noticeable too.. ;)"
Kida also sent a note reading, "Delete our text conversation when were [sic] done" -- which she obviously didn't do.
Where do things stand with the inquiry into Kida's actions? "We're through the investigative process," says spokesman Murray, "and we're at the disciplinary level now. On March 13, he was placed on in-home suspension, so he has to be at home during the work hours. He's been suspended with pay, but he's no longer able to perform as a police officer."
To be clear: The home suspension doesn't constitute discipline against Kida. "That's a reflection of where we are at in the process," Murray notes. "A few due-process things still have to happen in the case, and then it will go to the Manager of Safety for a decision about discipline. But we're close to the end of that case."
That's not true of the investigation into Katz, who was dubbed a hero several years ago for an attempt to rescue a teen washed away in an area known as Gold Smith Gulch, near the intersection of Yale and Quebec; he had to be rescued by other personnel on site, or he might not have survived. Murray declines to confirm the 7News report that Katz is being investigated for having sex in his patrol car: "We can't get into the nature of the allegation or evidence of any kind," he stresses. However, he acknowledges that "we received a complaint of inappropriate behavior on duty, and he has been placed on an administrative assignment."
Another look at Katz.
That means Katz remains on the payroll but isn't patrolling the streets right now -- and he won't be again until the investigation is complete and decisions are made about potential punishment, or a lack thereof.
Continue for our previous coverage of Jairon Katz and Scott Kida, including photos and video.