APD officer recognized for identifying 'High Risk Domestic Violence Offender'

Matthew Brush
On Sunday, January 6th, Amarillo police officer Matthew Brush was patrolling the area of I-40 and Paramount. Brush saw a vehicle, which he recognized as belonging to a subject, who had been identified as a “High Risk Domestic Violence Offender.” The subject was checked for any outstanding warrants and found to have a protective order against him.

During his investigation, Brush discovered the victim, listed as protected person in the protective order, was also at this same hotel. Victims of family violence often return to their abusers. This is very common and the protective order is issued in many cases, to protect them despite this known behavior.

Officer Brush had other officers meet him and they obtained a room number for the victim. When officers made contact, both parties listed in the protection order were in the room.

Also during this investigation, Brush learned that the male had assaulted the female two previous times since July, and was arrested both times. Because both parties were together again on this day, it was apparent that the male had no regard for the courts and the order against him.

Brush arrested the male for Violation of a Protective Order/Bond 2 or more times within 12 months, and the suspect was booked at the Potter county jail.

"Too many times, society blames the victim in family violence situations. Why doesn’t she leave him? Why does she keep letting him do this to her? Why doesn’t she make a report? (I say female victim because 80 percent or more are, however there are male victims in family violence.)

"We need to stop victim blaming.

"One way that we, the Amarillo PD is doing that, is by partnering with other Law Enforcement and support agencies in our community to make up the Domestic Violence Task force. We have dedicated detectives and attorneys and other agency personnel who are working to help our DV victims and their families. One way we are doing this, is by targeting “High Risk DV offenders” and holding them accountable for their actions, and not letting them get away with any violations of the law.

"Thank you Officer Brush, for knowing who the bad guys are and helping to protect our community and make it safer for our domestic violence victims," the Amarillo Police Department said in a statement.

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