US Police Officer Jailed For 260 Years For Raping 13 Black Women

Ex-Oklahoma City cop Daniel Holtzclaw was recently convicted of several sex crimes — including rape — and now, several of the thirteen women who said they were victimized have come forward and spoken up of the nightmares Holtzclaw had induced.

“I was out there alone and helpless, didn’t know what to do,” said 59-year-old grandmother Jannie Ligons, recounting what took place after a traffic stop with Holtzclaw. “And in my mind, all I could think was that he was going to shoot me, he was going to kill me.”

Ligons shared that she was “violated” after she was pulled over “for no reason whatsoever,” claiming Holtzclaw “fondled” her and “did certain things to me.” In addition, Holtzclaw also forced her to perform oral sex.

“I didn’t know what to do,” Ligons continued. “I was so afraid. I was afraid for my life. I kept begging him, ‘Sir please don’t make me do this. Don’t make me do this, sir. Please. You’re going to shoot me.’”

Another victim, Shardayreon “Sharday” Hill reported that she was handcuffed to a hospital bed when Holtzclaw “started to manipulate me.” She said, “I was speechless, I was scared. When everything was going down — I just, I felt — I mean, I was scared, I didn’t know what to do. I felt like I was in survival mode, so I had to do what he was making me do.”

One victim testified Holtzclaw remained in full uniform as he sexually assaulted her. “He left the gun belt on,” she said. “I was looking at the gun the whole time.” The final victim to come forward was a teenager who was 17 years old at the time of the assault, testifying Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s front porch.

All thirteen of his victims who testified against him were African-American women. The Associated Press reported that of the thirteen women who had accused him, Holtzclaw was convicted of offenses involving eight of them. The Oklahoman reported he was characterized in court records as “Asian or Pacific Islander,” with an all-white jury hearing the case.

Holtzclaw’s crimes went on from late 2013 until the night he pulled over Ligons. However, The Guardian reports there are documents that show the Oklahoma City police sex crimes unit began investigating him on May 8, 2014.

Following a lawsuit Ligons filed against a “negligent” Oklahoma City that argues the department “left him working as a police officer without supervision or monitoring,” the investigation eventually found five of the thirteen alleged incidents that involved Holtzclaw had happened after May 8. The lawsuit claims another woman reported an assault linked to Holtzclaw as early as November 2013.

“The City was aware of some, if not all the assaults, weeks prior to the plaintiff’s assault,” reads the lawsuit. Ligons is suing for $75,000, adding that she needed therapy and suffered a stroke after the assault.

After the allegations emerged, Holtzclaw was fired by the Oklahoma City Police Department in January. While he did not take the stand in his defense, Holtzclaw insisted he “didn’t do it.” He was accused for abusing his position and power, targeting vulnerable women in low-income neighborhoods. For his crimes, Holtzclaw is looking at as many as 260 years in jail.

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