An Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping or sexually assaulting as many as 13 Black women has been found guilty on 18 counts including oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape. Daniel Holtzclaw broke down in court on Thursday, also his 29th birthday, after a judge read the jury’s verdict.
The trial was controversial because many believed the victims, 13 Black women with questionable backgrounds, would not be viewed as credible witnesses by the all White jury. The trial also did not receive significant national press coverage, which some speculate was because the victims were Black.
The man next to me on the plane says: I knew nothing about this trial. National media FAILED the #DanielHoltzclaw victims.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) December 11, 2015
Holtzclaw’s sentencing is set for January 21, 2016. He’s facing 263 years in jail based on the jury’s recommendation.
— Saeed Ahmed (@saeed_ahmed) December 11, 2015