Cpl. David Addison—acting speaking in his capacity as president of the Triangle Chapter of the NCPBA—yesterday endorsed Deputy Chief Ron Hodge to take over for the (perpetually absent) Police Chief Steve Chalmers. Said Addison, “The desire for change within the department requires someone who is familiar with making the unpopular decisions. This will allow our department to learn and grow utilizing the experience and working knowledge of Deputy Chief Hodge.”
This is the same Cpl. Addison who—speaking then in his capacity as official spokesperson for the Durham Police Department—said:
- “You are looking at one victim brutally raped. If that was someone else’s daughter, child, I don’t think 46 (tests) would be a large enough number to figure out exactly who did it.” (WRAL, March 24)
Addisonsaid police approached the lacrosse team with the five-page search warrant on March 16, but that all of the members refused to cooperate with the investigation.” (Herald-Sun, March 25)
- “We’re asking someone from the lacrosse team to step forward . . . We will be relentless in finding out who committed this crime.” (N&O, March 25)
Addisonsaid police can’t force samples from anyone they believe to be implicated in a crime. But he said that, in this situation, there was ‘really, really strong physical evidence.’” (Herald-Sun, March 25)
- “We’re not saying that all 46 were involved. But we do know that some of the players inside that house on that evening knew what transpired and we need them to come forward.” (ABC, March 26)
And this is the same Deputy Chief Hodge who:
- Was repeatedly informed, according to the deposition of Sgt. Mark Gottlieb, of the procedurally improper April 4, 2006 lineup, yet never urged the officers who worked under him to follow the department’s own procedures;
- Stood aside as ex-DA Mike Nifong improperly assumed personal command of the lacrosse case investigation, and deferred to Nifong’s judgment to seek an indictment against Reade Seligmann when Hodge’s own officers questioned the move;
- Was deputy to the police chief whose official report blamed defense attorneys for the fact that the DPD sought indictments, without probable cause, against three demonstrably innocent people;
- Informed the Durham City Council, “Folks, I can tell you there’s nothing broke with your department . . . I don’t recall that the Durham Police Department has been involved in something where we made major mistakes in the last five years.” The remark generated laughter from the audience.
Is it any wonder Addison would prefer Hodge? After all, Hodge is as implicated in the lacrosse case scandal as is Addison.