DETROIT, MI – Stephen Heid and Ronald Cadez, the two Detroit police officers charged in connection with the October 9th, 2017 fatal motor vehicle accident that occurred on Main Street near Park Drive in Detroit received probation today.
Judge Kenneth King sentenced them to one year probation, a $500 fine, costs, and five days community service under a delayed sentence. DPD reinstated the officers after they pleaded no contest to Willful Neglect of Duty on August 28, 2018.
The special operations officers were suspended in early October of 2017 after it was discovered that they had failed to disclose that they’d engaged in a high-speed chase that resulted in the death of Detroit 19-year-old Jerry Bradford Jr.
On Monday October 9th, 2017, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Detroit Police Officers Heid and Cadez observed a vehicle traveling at an increased rate of speed on Maiden Street and Park Drive in Detroit.
It is alleged that the officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, activated their overhead lights, and pursued the vehicle. The car was driving at a high rate of speed and when the car was a block and a half away from the police, it crossed an intersection and collided with another vehicle.
Heid and Cadez left the immediate scene and it is alleged they failed to notify the dispatcher that they were engaged in a pursuit. It is further alleged that the officers neglected their duty when they failed to respond at the scene of an accident.
The driver of the car was identified as Jerry Bradford, Jr. , 19-years-old, of Detroit. Jerry Bradford was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead from injuries he sustained in the crash.