Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Officer Michael Terrell Arrested for Domestic Violence

Milwaukee police arrested a 15-year officer of the department on allegations of battery-domestic violence and resisting an officer, a police spokesman said.

Officer Michael Terrell, 46, was arrested Feb. 8, and the Milwaukee County district attorney's office is reviewing the case, Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said.

The incident also is being investigated by the department's internal affairs division. Terrell is assigned to the Office of Community Outreach and Education and is currently on full suspension.

Attempts to reach Terrell were not successful. He has not been charged.

A Journal Sentinel investigation published in 2011 found that at least 16 officers on the force at that time had been disciplined after internal investigators concluded they had committed acts of domestic violence. Several other officers with domestic violence restraining orders were not disciplined, the investigation found.

Domestic violence is far more common among the families of police officers than among the rest of the population, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Women and Policing. At least 40% of police families are affected by domestic violence, as opposed to an estimated 10% in other households.

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