A former Oklahoma City police officer has been found guilty on multiple counts of rape, sexual assault, and sexual battery — the culmination of a case that’s shed a harsh spotlight on how law enforcement officials may use their badges to intimidate vulnerable women of color.
The jury reached its conclusion after hearing 13 different black women’s accounts of being sexually assaulted by [Daniel] Holtzclaw. The former cop was ultimately convicted on 18 counts involving eight of those women, and could spend the rest of his life in prison depending on whether a judge later orders him to serve his sentences consecutively. [Clarification added by TSJ]
The woman who reported that Holtzclaw raped them range from a 17-year-old girl to a grandmother. All of them are African American.
Commentary by The Secular Jurist: Sheesh, I’ve heard of ‘jungle fever’ before, but this guy has it bad!