LMPD officer arrested for misconduct

Joe C, Burden (Source: LMDC)
Joe C, Burden (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville Metro police officer has been arrested on charge of official misconduct.

A criminal complaint summons obtained by WAVE 3 News states that while on a run Joe C. Burden detained a woman by telling her there was a warrant for her arrest and forced her to expose herself to keep from going to jail.

According to the summons, the incident happened in October 14, 2012 while Burden was on a call with other officers. After the other officers left, Burden told the woman, a witness to the incident being investigated, there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest. Metro police said no such warrant existed.

The summons states Burden gave commands to the women to remove her pants and expose herself to him. Burden told her the other officers that had been there wanted her to go to jail. After she complied with Burden's commands, the woman was released.

Soon after that incident the woman said she started receiving calls from Burden wanting to meet. She declined, telling Burden she was in a relationship.

The woman filed a complaint with the LMPD Public Integrity Unit, who launched an investigation.

As part of an undercover operation with PIU detectives, the woman telephoned Burden on December 11 and asked to meet with him about fines she owed on a speeding ticket. The meeting was set for the Walmart on Raggard Road.

Once there, Burden had the woman follow him to Riverside Garden Park and Burden asked the woman if he could "feel them." The summons said Burden then put both hands under the woman's shirt and on her breasts.

PIU detectives the approached Burden.

During his arraignment Wednesday before Judge Annette Karem, Burden pled not guilty. He has been placed on administrative duties and his police powers are suspended. Metro Corrections said Burden has been placed into the home incarceration program.

Burden's attorney Steve Schroering says Burden has been an outstanding officer and looks forward to all the facts coming out in court.

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