Three more women have stepped forward in the case against a Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw.
Holtzclaw has already been charged with a number of offenses: several counts of first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual batter, indecent exposure, and one count each of first-degree rape by instrumentation, first-degree burglary and felonious stalking. According to mlive, the most recent charges come from 2 adult women and one 17 year old girl. These add 6 more charges being filed against the 27 year old officer, whose has allegations stemming back from February of this year as well.
Back in August, Holtzclaw was arrested and charged with several counts of first-degree rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual batter, indecent exposure, and one count each of first-degree rape by instrumentation, first-degree burglary and felonious stalking. A month after his arrest, more women came forward which resulted in 10 new charges against him.
According to thefreethoughtproject.com, most of these alleged assaults happened while he was on duty during his 4 pm to 2 am patrol shift. All of his alleged victims were in an isolated part of town, they were black, and most were pulled over for traffic stops.
Holtzclaw’s family released a statement on their “Justice for Holtzclaw” Facebook page earlier this week, claiming the women accusing him have an “ulterior motive”.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17-18, and he remains on house arrest.
Opinion: Police and Power
Cases of police brutality and misconduct around the United States has been hitting social media and the news more and more over the last few years. Those in positions of power have responsibilities to the public: to serve and protect. With cases like this and many more arising every day in the United States, the time must come when the justice system is questioned on every level.
Race is another factor in this case and many others. The women reporting Holtzclaw are all women of color and that factor should not be disregarded or overlooked. Racism in America can take many forms and a number of cases of misconduct today are also race-related issues. Justice is meant to be blind and unbiased and those who are meant to uphold it should abide by the same rule.
Cases of rape and sexual assault go under-reported all the time and if the alleged attacker was a police officer or another person of power it becomes that much more likely that the victim will not step forward. It is clear that the public is demanding that someone shine a light on the actions of those individuals they trust to defend them and questions will continue to arise in the face of monumental cases such as this.
What Do You Think?…
What are your views on this case or others like it? Is the rise in reported issues between citizens and the police a sign that our justice system is in need of change?