After deliberating for four days, an Oklahoma City jury has found ex-police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 of the 36 charges he faced for assaulting at least 13 women.
The jury recommended 263 years. Sentencing will be January 21st.
Hoytzclaw’s defence argued the victims weren’t credible, and suggested the 13 women were less “perfect victims” and more “perfect accusers.” Less victims, more accusers. Because they’re poor, they’re black, the neighbourhood they grew up in and live in is impoverished, and he thought no one would believe them.
Excuses men in power use and count on when they prey on vulnerable women.
The charges included “first-degree rape, sexual battery, indecent exposure, stalking, forcible oral sodomy, burglary, second-degree rape by instrumentation, and sexual battery charges.”
A recent Associated Press investigation found that about 1,000 police officers lost their licenses in a six-year period for rape, sexual assault, and sex crimes including the possession of child pornography.