Victim speaks about alleged misconduct by Metro police officer


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 7:57 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A Louisville woman is talking for the first time about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of a Metro police officer.

The woman claims Ofc. Joe Burden made her strip down, then called her several times to set up a time to meet. She called her attorney and filed a complaint with the Public Integrity Unit.

The woman wants to keep her identity hidden because she said she fears what could happen to her.

Back in October, several officers responded to a call in which the woman was a witness. What happened next will stay with her forever, she said.

“I blame myself for a lot of it. I don’t leave my house. I’m scared of what he’s capable of,” the victim said.

She said she thought she was safe, at a scene with five or six officers, but, according to court documents, Burden kept the woman at the scene with threats of arrest on a warrant the woman later found out didn’t exist. Once the other officers left, Burden told the woman to pull her pants down.

“He said 'I need you to pull them back down,' and I did. And, he asked me to spread my private part,” the victim said. “By this time, I was in tears. I just wanted to go home.”

Finally, Burden let the woman go, but then the woman said the phone calls started.

“[He] proceeded to say, ‘you know that warrant?’ And, I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Well, I took care of that for you,’ and I said, ‘OK.’ And he said, ‘well, do you think I can come to your house?’ And, I said, ‘absolutely not.’”

The woman contacted the Public Integrity Unit. In December of 2012 they had her set up a controlled meeting with Burden.

“I literally, almost the last minute, almost told them 'I can’t do it, I can’t do it,'” she said.

According to the complaint, Burden had the woman follow him to a park where he put his hands under her shirt to feel her breasts. That’s when the Public Integrity Unit stepped in.

“I don’t think he deserves to be a cop,” the woman said. “He does not deserve to be a cop at all.”

Burden is charged with two counts of official misconduct. He has been with LMPD for eight years, with no record of prior disciplinary action. He was assigned to the Second Division before being put on administrative duties.