After four days of deliberations, an Oklahoma City police officer was convicted of raping 13 females, ranging from a 17-year-old girl to a 57-year-old woman, while on-duty.
The judge ordered Holtzclaw into police custody immediately after the verdict was read.
The victims who were black and mostly prostitutes had little credibility in the legal system.
But it was the DNA of the 17-year-old girl, who claims she was raped on her mother’s front porch, that was found on Daniel Holtzclaw’s pants.
And it was the 57-year-old grandmother’s police report that led to his arrest in 2014.
Holtzclaw was convicted on 18 of the 36 charges he was facing. The jury recommends a sentence of 30 years for each count. The sentencing will be on January 21st at 10 am.
According to CNN:
A jury found former Oklahoma City officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty Thursday of some of the most serious charges against him, including sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and rape.
Holtzclaw faced a total of 36 counts. He was found guilty on 18.
The former officer cried openly in the courtroom and rocked in his chair as the verdict was being read. Jurors had deliberated for more than 40 hours over four days.
Sentencing is set for next month.
As an officer, he reportedly raped 13 women on different occasions while on-duty between December 2013 and June 2014. The Oklahoma City Police Department fired and arrested Holtzclaw in 2014.
Jurors began deliberating on Monday. The trial started on November 2nd. Holtzclaw never testified in his own defense, which is typical of defendants.
JURY & RACE
The jury was all white; eight men and four women. Interestingly enough, three black men were rejected as jurors in this case.
During the trial, the jury visited sites where the rapes took place.
Holtzclaw felt like he could exploit these women without fear of prosecution, because of their criminal status. Most of the women had histories of drugs and prostitution. Prostitutes have very little credibility in the eyes of the law.
In fact, the trial was delayed because one of the accusers tested positive to having PCP and marijuana in her system.
“I’m not going to lie. Before I came here, I smoked some marijuana and a blunt stick laced with PCP,” the woman accuser said.
The black women matter movement apparently meant nothing to Daniel Holtzclaw.
He used his badge, authority, and power to victimize & intimidate already troubled women.
During the trial, a victim of Holtzclaw testified that “I didn’t think anyone would believe me, I’m a black female.”
Recently, PINAC News reported a separate case on how a Kentucky judge dismissed an all white jury, citing a lack of diversity and unfair trial.
The fact that Holtzclaw was allowed to be on house arrest after his initial arrest angered the black community. Additionally, he violated the terms of his home confinement twice.
EVIDENCE & TESTIMONY
Even the lead detective assigned to the case testified DNA evidence that was found inside and outside of Holtzclaw’s pants matched a 17-year-old accuser. That is fact. It is not hard to imagine how a female victim’s DNA got inside of Holtzclaw’s pants.
Holtzclaw’s patrol car was GPS equipped, and police records show that he went to one of the female victim’s house multiple times in one month.
Moreover, on one visit Holtzclaw, broke into the female victim’s house and woke up her sleeping boyfriend to run his name through the system for outstanding warrants, but the boyfriend had no warrants.
Perhaps Holtzclaw was in a jealous rage that his female rape victim had a boyfriend, but that resulted in the criminal stalking charge against him.
On a separate incident in April 2014, Holtzclaw drove a female victim to a vacant field and raped her. The victim testified:
“I knew that it was going to be a sexual assault. There was nothing that I could do. He was a police officer and I was a woman.”
The victim admitted to drinking alcohol and using crack cocaine that night.
Another victim known as R.G. in court documents alleged that Holtzclaw stopped her as she was leaving a crack house one night. Holtzclaw searched her and found a crack pipe. He ordered her to break it in front of him, R.G. complied.
It was then that Holtzclaw offered to give R.G. a ride home, which is typical of a prostitute solicitor. R.G. testified that “he pulled up in the driveway like he lived there.”
Once at R.G.’s home, Holtzclaw followed her inside. R.G. went along with it, thinking Holtzclaw was doing a search of her house. Holtzclaw ordered her upstairs to her bedroom.
He then unzipped his pants, exposing his genitals in her face while saying, “This is better than the county.”
R.G, gave Holtzclaw oral sex; within a few minutes Holtzclaw told R.G. to lay back, he then had vaginal sex with the victim without using a condom
In May 2014, Holtzclaw stopped a female victim known as S.E. in court documents, and placed her in the backseat of his patrol vehicle. He pulled his penis out and forced it in her mouth momentarily.
Upon that, Holtzclaw proceeded to drive to an abandoned school, he parked and ordered S.E out of the vehicle. Holtzclaw told her to bend over and initiated vaginal intercourse with her.
In closing arguments, Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said:
“Don’t make the mistake and think this is about sex. He did it because he could. This officer violated an oath to protect his community, to protect the laws of the state of Oklahoma and the United States.”
Holtzclaw’s attorney said that “Holtzclaw is a honorable and ethical police officer.”
The courtroom erupted in laughter after that statement.
COPS AND RAPE
UPDATE: This is far from an isolated incident. In fact, the Associated Press recently published an investigative report that confirms there are thousands of cops who get accused of sexual abuse, only for them to be protected by their superiors.
And here is James A. MacArthur of the Baltimore Spectator sharing his thoughts on this issue in the podcast below.