Daniel Holtzclaw (1986- ), an American police officer, has been accused of rape and sexual assault by 12 Black women and one Black girl in the part of Oklahoma City he was to protect and serve. He has been arrested and fired. The trial began this past week and is expected to last a month.
Oh, and the jury is all White. Even the alternate jurors are all White. The jury has twice as many men as women.
Oklahoma City in 2010 was 57% non-Hispanic White and 15% Black. In the state of Oklahoma, anyone with a state-issued ID, like a driver’s licence, can be called for jury duty, so in a place like Oklahoma City, an all-White jury is a bit odd.
Holtzclaw’s father is White, his mother is Japanese.
He faces 36 charges, stuff like:
- first-degree rape,
- forcible oral sodomy
- sexual battery,
- indecent exposure,
- first-degree burglary,
All of this was while on duty. He is a former football player and looks it.
He could face up to life in prison.
All this started in 2013 when he allegedly performed forcible oral sodomy on a woman high on drugs – and chained to a hospital bed.
His youngest accuser, 17, said he raped her on her mother’s porch while searching her for drugs.
He patrolled north-eastern Oklahoma City between 4.00pm and 2.00am. It seems he picked women who were poor or who he knew would not call the police because they were already in trouble with the law. He threatened them with arrest if they did not do what he wanted.
After seven months he got sloppy and picked on the wrong woman. After she came forward, so did six others. After he was arrested, six more came forward.
His lawyer will use their past against them: few are squeaky clean. His lawyer will be helped by the fact that Whites have little empathy for Blacks and that all-White juries tend to be racist.
There is more:
Velencia Maiden is taking him to court for killing her son, Clifton Armstrong in 2013. Armstrong was Black and unarmed. He suffered from paranoia and schizophrenia. When he called 911 for medical assistance, Holtzclaw and three other officers arrived to take him to the hospital – in a police car, not an ambulance. When Armstrong refused, saying he would rather have his grandmother take him, they hog-tied him. By the time he got to the hospital, he was dead.
The police investigation found that the police officers had done nothing seriously wrong.
The medical examiner found that Armstrong had died not of excessive force by police but of “excited delirium syndrome”.
Excited delirium syndrome is found in no book of psychiatry. It leaves no trace in the human body that can be found by a medical examiner. Instead it is based largely on police accounts. It first appeared in the 1980s and was blamed on cocaine. Now there are probably several hundred cases a year in the US. In nearly all known cases, the sufferer had been fighting with police.
– Abagond, 2015.
Update (December 11th): Holtzclaw was found guilty!!! He will be sentenced in January. The jury recommends 30 years in prison. – The Atlantic
Update (January 23rd 2016): Holtzclaw has been sentenced to 263 years in prison. – Democracy Now!
- The Five Rules of Racial Standing
- White empathy
- Jezebel stereotype
- The police and Black women
- Kenneth Chamberlain – also called for medical assistance and wound up dead at the hands of the police
- Elliot Rodger
- Henry Louis Wallace