Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Justice Done in Oklahoma, a Vulnerable Group Wins in Court

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Justice Done in Oklahoma, a Vulnerable Group Wins in Court

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Last week, an all-white jury in Oklahoma City, Okla., found a former police officer guilty of 18 of 36 charges of sexual assault, including four counts of rape. Daniel Holtzclaw could spend the rest of his life in prison.

His victims were all poor black women - many with legal problems or drug addictions. The 29-year-old son of a white father and Japanese mother was fired by the city's police department after it conducted an internal investigation that corroborated much of the victims' accounts.

Thirteen women accused Holtzclaw of using his authority as a police officer to coerce sex from them. Their testimony about his brutality was graphic and disturbing. The eight men and four women of the jury weighed evidence from assaults that occurred over a seven-month period. …

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