Oklahoma Police Officer Charged with Raping Women Under Threat of Arrest
Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been arrested for raping or sexually abusing eight different women, all of whom are African-American, under the threat that he would arrest them if they did not comply. According to USA Today, the 27-year-old officer was charged with “two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking.”
Because of the nature of the victims, the Oklahoma NAACP president told local station KOCO that he plans to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the case as possible hate crimes.
Similar to the crowdfunded defense campaign that appeared on GoFundMe.com for Officer Darren Wilson after he shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, supporters of Holtzclaw’s have set up a fundraising platform on that same site that aims to collect $100,000 for his legal fees (it stands at just over $7,000 as of Saturday afternoon). It is connected to a Facebook page titled “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw” that currently has more than 400 “likes.”
“Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, a 27 year old Oklahoma City Police Officer, not only DESERVES but is required by law to be given a Presumption of Innocence,” the Facebook page reads, before directing people to donate money to his cause.
Holtzclaw is currently being held on $5 million bail and has remained in jail since his initial arrest on August 21.
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