Demetria Campbell waited more than a year after she filed an excessive force complaint against Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw to also accuse him of pressing his erect penis against her from behind after he slammed her head into a wall.
And that new allegation was made almost a year after Holtzclaw was arrested and charged with raping several women while on duty, which eventually led to his conviction in December 2015, resulting in a 263-year sentence.
Now attorneys for Holtzclaw’s victims are saying Campbell, a 46-year-old black woman who fits the profile of his other victims, was Holtzclaw’s first sexual assault victim, even though she was not one of the 14 women who testified against him as victims.
They also accuse Oklahoma City police of allowing Holtzclaw to continue working as an officer after Campbell had made her complaint, letting them know he had sexually assaulted her.
But Oklahoma City’s Video Vigilante does not believe her.
“She could have been feeling his baton against her instead,” said Brian Bates who was hired by the defense as an investigator and researcher and who is internationally renowned for his work in exposing prostitutes and their Johns through his YouTube channel, videovigilanteokc.
He also stressed that Campbell did not mention Holtclaw’s erect penis until more than a year after her initial complaint.
He believes high-profile attorney Benjamin Crump is trying to rewrite the past for a larger settlement, one that would cost the city millions.
After all, Oklahoma City police say they did not learn of the rapes until July 2014, which led to Holtzclaw’s arrest a month later.
Campbell made her first complaint in November 2013 from a hospital where she was being treated from injuries sustained from Holtzclaw throwing her headfirst into a wall. She said police took a statement and apologized for what had taken place.
When she filed her tort claim the following year in November 2014, she stated the following:
“Without provocation or sufficient justification, Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, a member of the Oklahoma City Police Department, willfully and unlawfully exhibited excessive force, and assault and battery upon Demetria Michelle Campbell by grabbing her person and slamming her into a vehicle causing contusions to her head and face, right shoulder and right wrist. Ms. Campbell had not violated any laws to warrant Officer Holtzclaw pulling her vehicle over in the first instance. After causing her physical and emotional injury, Officer Holtzclaw released Ms. Campbell without making an official arrest. Ms. Campbell was never advised as to what unlawful act she had committed which would justify detention by Officer Holtzclaw. Unbeknowest to Ms. Campbell, Officer Holtzclaw had targeted numerous other middle-aged Black women driving through the east side of Oklahoma City.”
But then when she filed her lawsuit in July 2015, which was after the Holtzclaw case was making national news, she added the part about Holtzclaw’s erect penis.
“He then slammed her face and head against the brick wall and pressed his crotch area against her backside while exhibiting an obvious erection and slamming her face against the wall.”
Now she is claiming that she had to urinate on herself to keep Holtzclaw from raping her, according to attorney Crump, who earlier this month called a press conference to announce he was amending a lawsuit filed last month to add two more victims to the original five victims listed in the initial lawsuit, bringing the total to seven on that lawsuit. Other victims have filed their own lawsuits.
Crump said the victims added to the suit, Shardayreon Hill and Jannie Ligons, would not have been raped had police taken Holtzclaw off the streets after Campbell’s complaint.
“Demetria Campbell was the first victim of this serial rapist with a badge,” Crump said.
“Oklahoma City knew exactly who he was and did nothing when she came forward. If they had done something about Demetria Campbell’s complaint, all these other rapes could have been avoided.”
But Oklahoma City police said she never mentioned the alleged sexual assault at first.
“We did look into the use of force accusation. Had there been an allegation of sexual misconduct, we could have looked at it back then, but the fact remains there was not,” said Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama.
“The facts the media completely ignored”
Bates has an obvious bias considering he not only makes a living exposing prostitutes, which is whom Holtzclaw preyed upon, he was also hired by Holtzclaw’s defense team.
But he says that during that work, he became convinced that Holtzclaw is innocent and has even launched a website where he lays out his arguments, theories and evidence titled The Accusations, Investigation & Prosecution of Former OKC Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw: The facts the media completely ignored.
“My professional obligations to the Holtclaw’s and the defense ended with Daniel’s guilty verdict,” he said. “I advocate as a citizen on my own with intimate knowledge of all the facts surrounding this case.”
“His family doesn’t like me saying he was reckless and he violated policy. But I put it all out there. He did some stupid things, I’ll admit. I personally think he was a reckless police officer. I don’t think he was criminal, but reckless. He was overconfident and that made him disregard some rules.”
Bates said that he can relate to Holtzclaw’s situation.
“In 2005, I was charged with pandering. At one time, I had five or six women accusing me. These women were lying. One reason I came on this case . . . I, too, was targeted by women with history of prostitution and drugs and the charges were eventually dropped.”
The women were targeting him, he says, out of retaliation for exposing them.
Bates acknowledges Holtzclaw had a reputation for being aggressive and even somewhat reckless, but he doesn’t believe he is guilty of what he’s accused of doing.
One of the aspects Bates doesn’t like about the prosecution’s case is that none of the witnesses ever recall Holtzclaw removing his uniform during their testimonies.
“Every time I would read accounts by these women, I called it Daniel’s Magic Penis. It just appeared. No one talked about how he unzipped his pants and took off his uniform and police belt. They looked up and it was just there. If he has on all that gear, and he goes to the bathroom, how does DNA not get on his pants? That’s something that’s always stuck with me. How come a single woman never says he messed around with his gear, or messed around a little with his uniform, but that his penis just appeared? In the trial, one officer testified that going to the restroom can be a chore when taking your uniform off. ”
Another vexing aspect of the investigation for Bates is how the detectives investigated the DNA evidence, “They take the uniform pants of an officer, turn it into the lab to be tested. They never test those pants for semen, vaginal fluid or saliva. You don’t go looking for things, if you don’t test for them first. They didn’t look for any other answer. But the prosecutor got up there and said the DNA came from vaginal fluid. They didn’t even test it with a florescent light that would show semen on it.”
The jury, and the vast majority of the public and media, believe that 13 people coming forward against one person alleging similar stories is enough for most people to conclude he’s guilty. But Bates argues that’s not enough in his opinion.
“Not only is testimony not enough, It’d be different if forensic tests matched their claims. People get caught up on things like GPS. In one alleged rape that supposedly took place at park while the car was parked there . . . GPS data proves he was in the area, but his vehicle never went slower than 2.3 mph, let alone stopped for 10-15 minutes. Daniel admits he came into contact with the women. With GPS, all that proves is both of those people were where they said they were. The hardest lie to be asserted is one that shows the truth. If, in the middle of these truths, you insert accusations of sexual assault, how do you come to that? There’s no evidence of that.”
Bates criticized Chief Bill Citty as not having any allegiance to his officers, accusing him of hanging Holtzclaw out to dry in order to save the city money.
“If something like an officer raping 13 women happens, there’s tension from the public to go after it,” he said.
“Not once was there ever a report of tension from the public towards Oklahoma City police officers or the department because they threw Daniel under bus as soon as the allegations came out. Nobody called for Chief Citty’s resignation after one of his officers allegedly raped 13 women while under his watch.
“From a PR standpoint, he did a brilliant job handling it. I think it was despicable and self-serving, but for its purpose it absolutely worked. Its purpose was to deflect all the anger onto Daniel Holztclaw, not the police department. In other words, if Daniel committed crime outside of the ‘scope’ of his job, they’re not responsible for it.”
Bates also believe activist groups like Black Lives Matter intimidated the jurors into convicting Holtzclaw, saying they not only formed prayer circles outside the deliberating room, which led to jurors asking for a different room, but that seven people were taking pictures of the jury and had their phones taken, including Shardayreon Hill.
“Why do that other than to intimidate them by posting pictures of jurors. I think pressure of activists groups that were there influenced them. I wasn’t there, but I think it influenced deliberations.”
Whether the new allegations have any merit or not might be decided in court if attorneys for the victims are able to file a lawsuit against Holtzclaw, who has disappeared from the state prison system for “security reasons” and transferred to a prison in another state, leaving them unable to serve him with the latest lawsuit.