Windsor Cop Gets Probation For Assault

A veteran Windsor police officer has been given a one year probation term following an assault in the city's east end.

Constable Ken Burt, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of assault and exceeding the legal limit of blood-alcohol.  He was also fined $1,000 and is prohibited from driving for one year.

On September 22, 2018, around 12:35am,  Burt was seen driving his personal vehicle in a reckless manner on Wyandotte St.  He was off duty at the time.

Drivers in a couple of vehicles began following him to get his licence plate number and met up with him at the corner of Wyandotte and Greenpark Boulevard.

Court heard Burt got out of his car, punched an occupant in a vehicle through an open window and also struck a woman who was five months pregnant on the side of her head with his open hand.

Burt was knocked down during the altercation and struck his head on the pavement.

No one else was hurt.

Burt was in the Canadian forces and served in Afghanistan in 2008-2009.  He has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The judge found his diagnoses played a role in the incident.

"I think the judge was of the view, as was the crown, that had it not been for that particular ailment from which he suffers for having served his country, there was no other explanation for his behaviour on the  night in question," said defence lawyer Andrew Bradie outside of Ontario court.

Before being sentenced, Burt said, "I reiterate remorse and shame."

The outcome was a joint position between the crown and defence and Bradie says it was a fair resolution for someone in Burt's situation.

"You try to conduct yourself in a responsible lawful fashion for a number of years, you contribute to the community, you do police work, you do work for the Canadian government in Afghanistan, and suddenly you find yourself in this predicament."

Police Chief Al Frederick says it is disappointing that this incident happened.

Burt is facing police act charges and is currently suspended with pay.