Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested August 21, 2014, on complaints filed by six women accusing the now “former” Oklahoma City Police Officer of sexual assault and forcible entry. He was officially terminated last Thursday January 8th, 2015. Chief William Citty wrote in a termination letter, “Your offenses committed against women in our community constitute the greatest abuse of police authority I have witnessed in my 37 years as a member of this agency. These violations more than warrant your termination from the Oklahoma City Police Department.” His next court appearance, a Pretrial Conference, is set January 21st at 9:00 a.m. in the Oklahoma County Court House.
For those less familiar with the Holtzclaw case seven more women eventually came forward for a total of thirteen that filed complaints after charges were officially filed on August 29th, 2014. All in all there are now 36 counts against him including: Rape in the First Degree x 6, Rape in the Second Degree x 2, Sexual Battery x 11, Indecent Exposure x 5, Forcible Oral Sodomy x 7, Procuring Lewd Exhibition x 3, Burglary in the First Degree x 1, and Stalking x 1. Holtzclaw is currently out of jail on a $609,000 bail bond.
Much of the allegations against Holtzclaw involve him profiling, stalking and sexually assaulting black women from the ages of 34-58 on his beat in the Northeast Oklahoma City Spring Lake Division. In a nutshell, Holtzclaw is accused of profiling women with a criminal record and using that information to coerce them into sexual favors in return for them not being taken into jail or reprimanded in some way. Oklahoma County prosecutors say a mess up on Holtzclaw’s part was what led to the demise of his sexual predation. His mistake according to them was pulling over the wrong woman and allegedly committing forcible sodomy on her. It was bad for Holtzclaw with this particular victim according to the prosecution because that person had no criminal record and nothing to worry about so she came forward to expose the officer and the others followed shortly after.
According to Holtzclaw’s attorney he, “vehemently denies each and every charge brought against him.” There is a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and GoFundMe showing support for Daniel Holtzclaw. The common theme of these support pages is that these women are all acting in and a calling out for due process for Holtzclaw who many believe has already been tried and convicted in the media.
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