Durham police officer charged with assaulting wife
Posted September 10, 2014
Durham, N.C. — A Durham police officer faces misdemeanor charges after he allegedly assaulted his wife.
Kammie Michael, a spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department, said Wednesday that Michael Ladle Hodrick Jr., 27, was arrested Aug. 31 on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female.
According to a magistrate's order dated Aug. 30, he's accused of grabbing and twisting his wife's right arm, pushing her against a wall and grabbing her right shoulder.
Hodrick, a patrol officer who joined Durham police in 2011, is on administrative leave with pay while the department's Professional Standards Division investigates the case, Michael said.
Aurelia Sands Belle, executive director of the Durham Crisis Center, said Wednesday that studies have shown an increase in violent behavior for some people whose jobs deal with violence – such as police officers and military members – because of an inability to separate work and home.
"They learn and are taught how to fight. They have weapons at their disposal, and they do have their own internal support system," Belle said.
That can sometimes make getting out of an abusive situation more difficult, she said.
Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez couldn't comment on Hodrick's case but said that the city of Durham offers an employee assistance program that provides relevant counseling to employees, including officers.
He said officers also go through domestic violence training during police academy and that recruits also come in with family members to get a better understanding of what life is like for an officer and what it's like living with one.
"We, as an organization, really work toward understanding the family dynamic," Lopez said. "We take any allegation of wrongdoings by an officer seriously."