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Durham police officer charged with assaulting wife

Posted September 10, 2014

— 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."


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  • disgusted2010 Sep 11, 2014

    Interesting how people can disparage law enforcement and their posts stand and people who post, me, in their defense are not. I guess its all about WRAL's anti police agenda.

  • jonara Sep 10, 2014

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    "All police officers actually believe they have power over anyone. It is my way or else."
    There, fixed it for you.

  • Stilllearnin Sep 10, 2014

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    "Many" Using a broad brush are we!

  • Nan Toppin Sep 10, 2014
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    if a police offer beats his wife is he more likely to use unnecessary force/violence on the job? I think administrative leave is appropriate while the investigation takes place and if he is found guilty he should lose his job. I don't think we should have an individual on our police force who has an assault conviction.

  • Jerry Sawyer Sep 10, 2014
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    Many police officers actually believe they have power over anyone. It is my way or else.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Sep 10, 2014

    Looks like he was assaulted too... At some point we have address violent females as well. Twisting her arm, pushing, and grabbing her shoulder sounds like he was probably defending himself from more scars than actually assaulting her. I think if he wanted to assault her he would have did what Ray Rice did.

  • superflames Sep 10, 2014

    due process. Let justice run its course, but then, if warranted, let justice be served.

  • Lorna Schuler Sep 10, 2014
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    Wasn't this reported several days ago? Not news

  • moomoo Sep 10, 2014

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    how about lets let him go to court first and let the court decide if he is guilty or not. Then, if found guilty, lets let the court decide on the punishment and then let the City of Durham decide what to do in reference to his job.

  • diana123 Sep 10, 2014

    oh boy and in light of nfl the judge will throw the book at him.