Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, a police officer in Oklahoma, has been accused of sexually assaulting seven women while on the job. The 27-year-old officer was arrested on Thursday. According to Newsday, Holtzclaw has been accused of raping one woman and fondling others. There have also been claims that he forced women to expose themselves or perform sexual acts on him.
“The women were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, but it’s not clear if race played a role in the alleged crimes. Police documents show that some were picked up off the street, while others were assaulted after being pulled over for traffic stops.”
Daniel Ken Holtzclaw was placed on leave from the department earlier this summer after a complaint was filed in June. A woman filed a report, claiming that she was sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw during a traffic stop. Detectives worked diligently to check on Holtzclaw’s past, and sure enough, there was more evidence that Holtzclaw had been acting inappropriately — and breaking the law.
“Officers identified seven victims and eight incidents before accusing Holtzclaw of crimes including rape, sexual battery and indecent exposure.”
This case has made several people in the area frightened of police officers. Of course, it’s hard to trust officers when you hear that something like this has been going on for months. Several residents have voiced their concerns about trusting the men in blue.
“It’s about power now. When you see a cop, you don’t know whether to stop or not. There’s no service like there used to be. They don’t care.”
“When you need directions, you go to a police officer. Now, we can’t trust anybody. It’s very hard.”
“I’m already scared of them anyway. They’ve pretty much got power in the palm of their hand. And it’s your word against theirs.”
Daniel Ken Holtzclaw sexually assaulted some of these women in his police cruiser, according to News One.
In another incident involving a police officer, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, an officer in Tulsa was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed his daughter’s boyfriend. In the case, both of the girl’s adoptive parents were police officers, and both were arrested and charged.
“Shannon [Kepler] is accused of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill. Mom Gina Kepler, 48, is accused of being an accessory to murder.”
[Photo courtesy of AP / Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office via Newsday]