A jury has been selected in the trial against a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexual assault. Eight men and four women, all of whom are white, will serve on the jury for Daniel Holtzclaw. All of Holtzclaw’s victims were Black, and there are of course Black people in Oklahoma City, but none were selected for the jury.

Prosecutors allege Holtzclaw committed crimes ranging from burglary to sexual assault against 13 women while he was on duty.

The Oklahoma City Police Department fired Holtzclaw in January. He was arrested in August 2014 after an investigation. At that time, seven victims had come forward. An additional six victims were identified after the initial charges were filed.

Holtzclaw was initially given a $5 million bond, but the bond was reduced to $500,000. He bonded out of jail, but violated the terms when he went to a doctor’s appointment without notifying the court. He served a short jail sentence and was allowed to go back on house arrest, but his bond was increased to $609,000.

Earlier this year, Holtzclaw had a second bond violation when his ankle monitoring system went dead. He was required to keep it charged. He was put back in jail, where he has been since that incident.

Media coverage of Holtzclaw’s trial has been bare minimum. One has to assume it’s because the victims are Black women.


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  • CoolChic

    God…I hope he rots.

  • mariah asphalt

    Of course, the ADA, judge, and others want him to get off. What else is new?

  • Sassygirl

    EVERYONE knows juries with little or no diversity, has a tendency to acquit or offer lighter sentences when the victims are black. Justice will not be served in this court case.

    • CoolChic

      I fear you are right.

  • FromTokyo

    This will not end well.

  • I hope that he’s in prison for the rest of his life. The makeup
    of the jury is not right. Black women were the victims of assault and sexual
    abuse. There should be no equivocation. Yes, the mainstream media is silent
    because the victims are black women and an ex-cop is one trial. In American
    society, many cops are deified. The actions of Daniel Holtzclaw confirm my
    views about the police institution. Terrorist cops, who brutalize black women,
    deserve no coddling. Unfortunately, this male piece of work (and I can use
    other words to accurately describe this monster and we know what those words
    are) has been given massive wiggle room whereas that shows the outright
    depravity of the criminal justice system. This criminal should receive no bail
    and he should be in prison. Multiple women have told their stories courageously
    about Daniel assaulting them. This story should be known internationally. I
    only hope that justice comes and that Daniel won’t leave prison for the rest of
    his life.