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  • Former Oklahoma City police officer found guilty of serial rape of Black women

    Former Oklahoma City police officer found guilty of serial rape of Black women

    Late on Thursday, a jury found a former Oklahoma City cop accused of sexually assaulting and raping 13 women guilty of rape and sexual battery.

    Daniel Holtzclaw, who turned 29 on Thursday, cried as the guilty verdict was read in the courtroom.

    He was found guilty of five counts of rape and an additional 13 counts of sexual assault against eight of his accusers. He was also cleared of many of the 36 charges against him. Buzzfeed documented the narratives of each accuser in a powerful series, here.

    He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 21.

    The jury recommended a total of 263 years.

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    A former football player with a 6-foot-1 and 260-pound frame, Holtzclaw used violence, threats of greater violence, and the threat of arrest to silence his victims.

    “Holtzclaw knew we wouldn’t give a damn,” writes the Daily Beast's Goldie Taylor.

    “That’s why he chose them.”

    Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, of Oklahoma City's Expressions Ministry (L) and Robin Leake of Oklahoma City wait for a verdict in the Holtzclaw case in Oklahoma City, Dec. 10, 2015. REUTERS

    Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, of Oklahoma City's Expressions Ministry (L) and Robin Leake of Oklahoma City wait for a verdict in the Holtzclaw case in Oklahoma City, Dec. 10, 2015. REUTERS

    An excerpt of tonight's coverage of the verdict which contains graphic details of sexual violence and descriptions of rape, from the Daily Beast:

    Some of the accusers—BuzzFeed documented their testimony on Wednesday—said the officer violated them in their own homes while wearing his department-issued uniform. One woman testified that after Holtzclaw ran her name and found an active warrant, he took her to an abandoned school where he raped her. Another said she was forced to perform sex acts on the side of the road. Another said she was sexually violated while handcuffed to a hospital bed. Investigators said they found DNA, from what some believe is an unknown 14th victim, inside the crotch of his uniform.

    The last accuser to testify was only 17 when, she said, Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s porch just after dark. The officer first told her he needed to search her for drugs, she testified. He first groped her under her clothes before pushing his fingers into her vagina, she said, then he unzipped the fly of his trousers and raped her. The youngest of the accusers—some of them suspected of prostitution or drug possession, others with an active warrant—she wondered out loud: “What kind of police do you call on the police?”

    For too many, living on the margins and with no real voice in the system, the answer is: nobody.

    Holtzclaw was fired by the Oklahoma City Police Department in January, 2015, when allegations against him surfaced. The crimes were committed while he was still in uniform.

    The Oklahoma City Police Department released the following statement after the verdict:

    The Oklahoma City Police Department is pleased with the jury's decision regarding the Daniel Holtzclaw trial. It was a long and difficult trial and deliberation process for all involved. It is obvious the jury took their responsibilities very seriously and considered every piece of evidence presented to them.

    We are proud of our detectives and prosecutors for a job well done.

    To the jury, we thank you for your service.

    We are satisfied with the jury's decision and firmly believe justice was served.

    From KOCO TV in Oklahoma City, here is the list of charges that were brought against Holtzclaw along with the recommended jury sentences:

    1. Sexual battery - Guilty - eight years
    2. Procuring lewd exhibition - Not guilty
    3. Burglary - Not guilty
    4. Procuring lewd exhibition - Guilty - five years
    5. Procuring lewd exhibition - Guilty - five years
    6. Stalking - Not guilty
    7. Sexual battery - Not guilty
    8. Forcible oral sodomy - Guilty - 20 years
    9. First-degree rape - Not guilty
    10. Forcible oral sodomy - Guilty - 16 years
    11. First-degree rape - Guilty - 30 years
    12. Forcible oral sodomy - Not guilty
    13. Sexual battery - Guilty - eight years
    14. Sexual battery - Guilty - eight years
    15. Procuring lewd exhibition - Guilty - five years
    16. Forcible oral sodomy - Guilty - 16 years
    17. Forcible oral sodomy - Not guilty
    18. Procuring lewd exhibition - Not guilty
    19. Procuring lewd exhibition - Not guilty
    20. First-degree rape - Not guilty
    21. Sexual battery - Not guilty
    22. Sexual battery - Not guilty
    23. Sexual battery - Not guilty
    24. Forcible oral sodomy - Not guilty
    25. Second-degree rape - Not guilty
    26. Indecent exposure - Not guilty
    27. Forcible oral sodomy - Guilty - 16 years
    28. First-degree rape- Guilty - 30 years
    29. First-degree rape - Guilty - 30 years
    30. Sexual battery - Guilty - eight years
    31. Second-degree rape - Guilty - 12 years
    32. First-degree rape - Guilty - 30 years
    33. Sexual battery - Guilty - eight years
    34. Sexual battery - Guilty - eight years
    35. Procuring lewd exhibition - Not guilty
    36. Procuring lewd exhibition - Not guilty

    Buzzfeed's earlier coverage on how he was caught, on the stories of his surviving victims, and coverage of tonight's verdict.

    Daniel Holtzclaw, former Oklahoma City police officer, found guilty of rapes https://t.co/ays55IBMxl pic.twitter.com/pku5zc8RRB

    — The New York Times (@nytimes) December 11, 2015

    Of the 13 women who accused Holtzclaw of sexual assault, 6 had their charges fully convicted by the jury. Partial guilt: 2. No charges: 5.

    — jessica testa (@jtes) December 11, 2015

    One of the women whose charges were fully convicted? A., the 17-y-o rape victim. Her story is second to last here: https://t.co/hwbp8BALIi

    — jessica testa (@jtes) December 11, 2015

    The five women who saw no charges: S.H., C.R., F., T.M., K. Their stories are also here: https://t.co/hwbp8BALIi

    — jessica testa (@jtes) December 11, 2015

    Judge will formally sentence Holtzclaw in January. If the judge runs all 18 counts consecutive, his prison time could add up to 263 years.

    — Kyle Schwab (@SchwabKyle) December 11, 2015

    Justice is autonomy. Justice is the end of sexual assault. Justice is freedom frm sexual, interpersonal & systemic violence #DanielHoltzclaw

    — PP Black Community (@PPBlackComm) December 11, 2015

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