08.23.2017 by @WinterwoodGrace
Champions of social justice love to point to the Daniel Holtzclaw case as a benchmark of success. A group of 13 women of color, most with questionable backgrounds, were championed by Detectives Davis and Gregory. They ruthlessly pursued one of their own in the interest of justice and protecting the public. It would be almost noble, if only it were true. Sadly, the more the evidence and the lack of evidence are reviewed, the more it would seem that these women were victimized by the detectives, and not by Daniel Holtzclaw.
From the very beginning stages of this investigation, Kim Davis has held that the original complainant, Jannie Ligons, had no reason to lie. Even if that single assertion is held to be true, it does not explain the route the investigation took. If Jannie Ligons had in fact suffered the abuses she alleged, why would detectives only look at African-American women that Daniel had interacted with? Surely during the course of his employment as a police officer he had contact with white, Asian, Hispanic, or Indian women. Yet only 1 white female and 1 Hispanic female were contacted and interviewed with regard to possible sexual assault. This means that 98% of the women interviewed were African-American. Detectives Davis and Gregory classified these women as the perfect victim, because they had a lifestyle that put them at risk, and no one would believe them. Yet, the “heroes” in this story not only believed them, but brought down one of their own for them. On the surface it seems like a wonderful tale of selflessness and sacrifice on behalf of the detectives. What it actually is though, is an insult to these women, in the worst possible way.
By only looking at the women of the black community, they infer that women of other races don’t have criminal records. They imply that other races would come forward because they would be more believable. They did everything but hold a press conference to say that white women would be unable to be assaulted, there are no drug users in the Hispanic community, and no Indian women lives an at-risk lifestyle. These 13 women were definitely profiled, but not by Daniel Holtzclaw. The truly alarming part about this is that these women took no umbrage at this depiction. Rather, they embraced it, shouted it from the rooftops to the courthouse steps, chanted it inside the courthouse itself, and never once questioned why. Why weren’t white women considered possible victims? Why didn’t detectives seek out Hispanic women or women of any other race except for African-American?
One would think that a true victim of sexual assault would want every other victim to be protected as well. The simple idea that they would like to protect others should have been obvious, but it wasn’t.
What did become obvious was that these women were going to help the detectives grind the axe. The outward appearance of solidarity covered the inward fact that each accuser was in it for themselves. Of the 13 women, 12 have filed civil suits against Oklahoma City and Daniel Holtzclaw. Let’s not forget that only 8 women’s complaints were found to be believable by a jury. That means 4 women have filed suits, even though Daniel was found NOT GUILTY of their charges. This illustrates very clearly what possibly motivates these women. Also keep in mind that while the jury was deliberating, women of color lined the hallway right outside the door to the jury room, chanting and praying loudly. The jury admits that they could hear this, as well as the chanting outside the courthouse. The intimidation alone had to sway at least one person. It is just unrealistic to believe otherwise. Sadly, that was not the only intimidation that the jury suffered, either. Family members of the accusers, and in at least one instance, the accuser herself took pictures of the jury during the trial. The risk of having your face plastered all over social media had to have been a scary proposition. During a time when race riots seemed to be happening all over the country, jurors would not want to feel responsible for starting a riot in their own city. While referred to as a “circus type atmosphere” by kinder, gentler people, what it was in actuality was a lynch mob mentality, a fact no juror could have missed.
The argument that Daniel preferred only black women also falls flat. Daniel did not show, at any point in his life, a preference for any particular race. The wide age range of the accusers also poses another problem, in that Daniel did not find older women to be sexually appealing. Furthermore, Daniel was a firm believer in physical fitness, and he took pride in taking care of his body. Why would he risk any number of diseases by forcing women into unprotected sex? Not one accuser said that protection was used at any time. In fact, their stories would have had more merit and been more believable if they had claimed that protection was used. That would have covered the lack of DNA evidence as well as covered Daniel not risking his health, something it is impossible to believe he would do for sexual gratification.
Yes, these women were victimized by the OKCPD, but not by Daniel. As of this moment, it appears that they were complicit in their own victimization. If not, then perhaps they need to be challenged to ask why only black women were sought out and interviewed. They should want this cleared up immediately, before any further action takes place with regards to their civil litigation. To do otherwise leaves them at a huge risk for financial losses of their own if and when Daniel is exonerated. It is surprising that their counsel has not thought of this possibility and prepared for it. Unless looking too deeply into this case will cause the stories to crumble and fall apart, which as of right now, seems to be a very real possibility.
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