Five law enforcement officers from across the country have been charged with strangling their wives or girlfriends in separate domestic violence incidents over the past month.
It started off with a 24-year-old cop from Alabama named Robert Allen Maddox Jr., of the Headland Police Department who was arrested on one charge of domestic violence strangulation after an argument with his wife in which she accused him of throwing her to the floor and choking her to the point where she was unable to breathe, according to CBS 42.
Then there was Myron V. Ford, 37, a police officer with the Deptfrord Township Police Department in New Jersey who was indicted by a grand jury late last month on a charge of second-degree aggravated assault/strangling a domestic violence victim.
Ford, 13-year veteran of the police department is accused of “forcefully shoving” a woman against a door in an apartment and “placing his hands around the victim’s neck in attempt to strangle the victim,” according to NJ.com. Ford’s initial arrest was in September and his status with the police department is unclear.
Then on April 15, a cop named Jermaine Nash of the Norwalk Police Department in Connecticut was accused of strangling a woman in an argument. He was arrested later that day on charges of second-degree strangulation and third-degree assault over an incident involving a family member, according to The Hour.
Then a few days later, Rayshaun O’Shea Junio Gravely of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia was arrested April 19 for a domestic violence incident that took place in June 2021 in which a woman who was his girlfriend at the time accused him of strangling her in a parking lot during an argument over another man.
The woman who did not report the crime until this month said Gravely grabbed her right arm and twisted it behind her back, pushing her through the parking lot.
“She stated that he then pushed her up against his car and put his hand around her throat and began to choke her,” the arresting officer wrote in his report, according to Martinsville Bulletin.He has been fired.
The woman who is also a Henry County sheriff’s deputy told police she did not report the incident at first because she was expecting the relationship to get better but he abused her again this month in another incident in North Carolina which also resulted in his arrest, the Bulletin reported.
She obtained a protective order against him in North Carolina but when she tried to do the same in Virginia, she was told she must first file a criminal complaint. Gravely has since been fired.
And finally there is Tomas Morales of the Woburn Police Department in Massachusetts who is accused of strangling his estranged wife in December over an argument about Christmas presents, according to WCVB.The article published Wednesday does not state when he was arrested but reports that he retired last month and is scheduled to go on trial on May 5.
While many citizens view police as heroes and saviors, it has long been established that there is a much higher rate of domestic violence in families of police offices compared to other families.