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Update: Details Released in Latest Incident Involving James Burt, LVMPD’s Serial Woman Abuser

In January, I posted about the arrest of James Burt, an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, who was arrested for beating, choking, and kidnapping his girlfriend. Officer Burt had, of course, previously been allowed by the Good Cops at the LVMPD to walk away without any sort of meaningful repercussions after being arrested for beating his now ex-wife in a very similar, if not identical, attack four years prior. (For some reason the community service that he was ordered to do as his only “punishment” that time didn’t teach him a lesson.)

In February, details in his latest abusive tirade were made public, including the fact that he threatened to kill her as he was choking her and dragging her through the house. The other details do nothing but make Officer Burt sound even more psychotic than your average violent maniac. Apparently, it escalated from a text message argument, to a long list of “discussion topics” and finally to an uncomfortable attempt to avoid talking to the crazy guy in the other room before the violence started in earnest.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

A Metropolitan Police Department officer told his live-in girlfriend, “You’re going to die,” as he dragged her by the neck across their living room floor and slammed her onto a couch, she testified in court Friday.

The 41-year-old James “Jimmy” Burt, a 10-year veteran of the force, faces four felony charges: one count of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of domestic battery by strangulation and one count of coercion with force or threat of force.

Kelly Ryan testified during a preliminary hearing that she arrived home at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 11, in the midst of a text message quarrel with Burt, who confronted her the moment she stepped through the door.

He held a pad of paper that contained two pages of “topics” in their relationship he wanted to discuss.

She walked into the kitchen, where she started to clean dishes and tried to stay quiet.

“You’re shutting me out,” she said he told her. “We need to talk about this.”

Suddenly, he approached her at the sink, stood face-to-face and yelled, “Get the f–k out,” Ryan said as she described the start of a two-hour struggle in their southwest valley home.

She grabbed her cell phone and car keys and walked to her car. He had thrown her shoes across the garage. As she slipped into the driver’s seat, he yanked the door open, pulled the garage door opener from the visor and hurled it against a wall.

The 6-foot, 230-pound Burt pulled his 5-foot-1-inch, 125-pound girlfriend out of her car, wrapped his right arm around her neck and left arm around her body, dragged her inside and said, “I wasn’t going anywhere,” she testified through tears.

He wrapped his hand over her mouth. She said she had trouble breathing.

“Be quiet,” she said he told her. “Be quiet. Shh. People are going to hear you. Stop crying. Stop crying.”

She heard a crack and thought he had broken her jaw. She escaped his grasp, tried to run back to the garage, and “he threw me on the other couch,” she said.

He put his hand over her mouth again, and yanked her body off the floor, with an arm still around her neck. She said her vision began to blur.

“At this time, he said — I don’t have the exact words — ‘You’re going to die right here’ or, ‘We’re going together right now,'” she testified. “And he’s covering my mouth, and I’m thinking I’m going to die.”

Then the inevitable abusers’ phony laments began (obviously not for the first time):

Eventually, she said, Burt started to calm down and pleaded with her, “telling me he needs help.”

She convinced him to let her go, and she made her way to a hospital, where she was questioned by police.

There had been other attacks, too, she said, that she did not report to authorities “out of embarrassment… and I thought he wouldn’t do it again.”

Whether the healthy dose of community service Burt is likely to receive for this violent, abusive episode before he is reinstated to the Las Vegas police will deter him from beating the next person he temporarily hides his true nature from remains to be seen. However, since the spouses and family of police officers are as much as four times as likely to be abused by them vs. the general population, this isn’t the last time “…and I thought he wouldn’t do it again” will be uttered in reference to Officer James Burt.

Original Report on LVMPD Officer James Burt’s Arrest for Domestic Abuse:

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LVMPD Officer James Burt Charged With Domestic Battery And Kidnapping (Again)

Late Monday, Officer James Burt, a 10 year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was arrested for domestic battery and kidnapping. According to the arrest report, he attempted to strangle his girlfriend during the assault, breaking her jaw in the process.

Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Burt and his girlfriend of about four months were arguing as she was leaving their house, the arrest report said. After throwing her against the garage door, Burt then “began dragging (her) back into the house,” then threw her on the couch, got on top of her and covered her mouth, the report said, possibly breaking her jaw.

The report said Burt then grabbed her by the neck and lifted her off the ground “several times.” An hour later, when he let her leave, she made her way to Southern Highlands Hospital because of her jaw. Burt was later arrested at a friend’s house.

Not at all surprisingly, since domestic violence doesn’t tend to be a one-time event and police tend to be 2 to 4 times as likely to be abusive toward their wives and children, this isn’t Ofc. Burt’s first arrest for beating a woman. Four years earlier, he was arrested for beating his then wife in an incident that is pretty close to identical to the most recent case.

Via the same LVRJ article:

The 2011 charges were filed after an in-home argument, according to the arrest report. Burt’s wife was on the couch when Burt pushed and hit her, then held down her face and jaw before punching her in the stomach, the report said.

Burt then grabbed his wife of less than two years and “escorted her to their truck.”

“(His wife) stated at this point she was afraid of James and fearful of what he might do to her if she did not cooperate with him,” the report said. Burt was arrested after police managed to pull his truck over.

At that time he faced charges of two counts of domestic battery, coercion with force and kidnapping. However equally unsurprisingly, given the LVMPD’s track record of holding it’s own accountable, quickly disappeared. After a slap on the wrist involving a temporary (one month) firing and community service, Burt was back out there protecting the citizens of Las Vegas from violent people.

Metro’s spokesperson, Officer Jesse Roybal, was quick to point out that, while Officer Burt has been suspended without pay based on the charges being a felony, if he gets a Policeman’s Discount once again for these current charges, he’ll be welcomed back on the force with open arms. “You can be charged of (sic) something and not be convicted of it, and then we can bring you back on as regular duty,” Roybal added. It’s great that they will potentially have the opportunity to do get him back out there pointing a gun at people. I sense a threepeat in Officer Burt’s future.

Another less than shocking bit of history is that Burt was also involved in a shooting back in 2009 that like every other police shooting in the history of the City of Las Vegas was ruled justifiable.

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