Janie Liggins, a 57-year-old grandmother whose complaint against former Oklahoma Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, led to his conviction on rape, broke her silence on Friday.

Detailing her assault in a press conference, Liggins said the former officer pulled her over without cause and forced her to perform oral sex. Liggins told reporters she was so afraid during the incident, she didn’t look at Holtzclaw’s badge because she was scared he would kill her if she knew his name.

Prosecutors argued Holtzclaw targeted low-income Black women with criminal records because he believed they would not speak out. But as Liggins explained, “He picked the wrong lady.”

“I was out there alone and helpless, and in my mind, all I could think was that he was going to shoot me,” Liggins said. “I came forward because I didn’t want to see this happen to no one else.”

Immediately following her assault, Liggins said she went to police, who began investigating Holtzclaw. They uncovered 12 additional victims and ended up charging the former officer with 36 separate crimes ranging from first degree rape and sodomy, to indecent exposure.

Holtzclaw was convicted on 18 of the 36 counts, and a jury recommended he receive 263 years in prison. A judge will formally sentence him on January 21.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing five of the victims, admonished the national media for its lack of coverage around the Holtzclaw trial.

“What is it about these women? What is it about them? Why are they unworthy of national media attention?” he asked. “Where is the disdain? Where is the contempt? Where is the national outcry for their equal justice?”

Echoing the thoughts of many others, Crump said the coverage would have been different if Holtzclaw’s victims were white.

“We’re here to declare Black women’s lives matter too,” Crump added.

One victims’ advocate openly challenged the media, saying, “I appreciate you being here, but where are you going to be tomorrow when more women come forward?”

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  • Mary Burrell

    Watching Melissa Harris-Perry and the panel discussion was were was the mainstream media affiliates? The discussion was why didn’t mainstream media stay keep covering this? Only black centric news media like NewsOne with Roland Martin and Internet social media like The Root. The point being made was because the victims were black women from low income communities with criminal backgrounds the mainstream affiliates didn’t deem them important enough.

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      well on the flip side this proves we don’t need mainstream media we can handle our own business and that’s great, see people like Melissa Harris-Perry need those people approval and validation we don’t and just my point of view the sooner we distance ourselves from the Melissa Harris-Perry’s and that crowd the better us regular hard working black people will be see, as soon as the mainstream media give her/them the mic and turn the camera on her/them she will forget about us and our cause and go back to forcing on the LBGT, immigrants and white women agenda. We need to learn. Didn’t mean no harm just my opinion.

    • caligirl

      agree. i turned her crazy ass off a while ago. she’s a confused phony.

    • trueletterson*[email protected]

      true that’s all she is!