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Victims of Oklahoma ex-police officer said they were forced into sex through fear

Oklahoma police officer found guilty of rape

Former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw cries after being found guilty of sexually assaulting 13 women, as lawyers representing the victims say they’re not pleased about the several counts that weren’t received.

Oklahoma City: Two of the women sexually assaulted by a former Oklahoma City policeman said on Friday they feared for their lives after the officer threatened them with arrest and violence if they did not perform sexual acts on him.

Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, was found guilty by a jury on Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts against him that included rape and sexual assaults of 13 women.

He broke down in tears as the verdict was read and said, “I didn’t do it,” as he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. He faces life in prison.

Jannie Ligons, left, one of the victims of sexual assault by former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, smiles as attorney Benjamin Crump holds up her arm image www.crimefiles.net

Jannie Ligons, left, one of the victims of sexual assault by former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, smiles as attorney Benjamin Crump holds up her arm during a news conference. Photo: AP

“All I could think of was he was going to shoot me, he was going to kill me,” Janie Liggons, one of the victims, told a news conference. She was pulled over by Holtzclaw and threatened.

“I kept pleading, ‘Don’t make me do this, sir. Are you going to shoot me?’ I was so afraid, so helpless.”

Five of the victims plan to sue the city over the incidents, an attorney told the news conference on Friday.

Daniel Holtzclaw, right, was convicted of raping eight women on his police beat image www.crimefiles.net

Daniel Holtzclaw, right, was convicted of raping eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighbourhood. Photo: AP

Liggons was the first to report Holtzclaw to authorities, who then launched an investigation and found a dozen other women, all African-American, who said they were sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw, who is mixed race Asian and white.

Holtzclaw was fired by the police over the accusations in January 2015 after approximately three years on the job.

Liggons said she was different from other victims in that she did not have any outstanding warrants or convictions against her. Prosecutors said Holtzclaw preyed on women who had trouble with the law, thinking that their word would not stand up against his, adding he became more brazen with each attack.

Ex-police officer Daniel Holtzclaw puts his head on the table and cries as the guilty verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City image www.crimefiles.net

Ex-police officer Daniel Holtzclaw puts his head on the table and cries as the guilty verdicts are read in his trial in Oklahoma City. Photo: AP

“He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night,” she said.

Another victim, Shardarion Hill, said she went into survival mode with Holtzclaw and was forced into doing what the man with the badge and gun wanted.

The defence attacked the credibility of the women who testified against Holtzclaw, saying they were dishonest.

Supporters of the victims of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw pray after the verdicts were read for the charges against him at the Oklahoma County Courthouse image www.crimefiles.net

Supporters of the victims of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw pray after the verdicts were read for the charges against him at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. Photo: AP

“Society tends not to believe black women or value them as other women are,” said Artist for Justice founder Grace Franklin, who stood in support of the 13 women.

The Oklahoma City Police Department backed the detectives who investigated Holtzclaw and the jury that convicted him.

“We are satisfied with the jury’s decision and firmly believe justice was served,” it said in a statement.

Holtzclaw faces a sentencing hearing on January 21.

Reuters

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‘Should have kept your mouth shut Einstein’: Perth police tweet hoodie crime Australia

hoodie tagged crim idiot image www.policesearch.net

It’s the classic case of the hoodie that couldn’t hide the crim – but exposed the crime.

You would think a thief would have tried to keep a low profile.

But this one blew his cover by mouthing off to police before getting busted for a stolen hoodie.

It wasn’t exactly sophisticated detective work that nabbed the crook – the security tag was still attached to the jumper.

“Still wearing the tag on the hoodie you stole,” Perth police tweeted during Operation Sweep.

“Should have kept your mouth shut Einstein!!”

But the hood has stiff local competition if he’s to claim the title of WA’s dumbest thief.

Two men were recently filmed trying to steal a camera on the outskirts of Perth – the same camera that caught them in the act.

Then there was the dope’s things-to-do list where a bent scribe etched out plans to smoke pot and eat chips and gravy, though more an act of stupidity than a crime of the thieving kind.

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Henry Sapiecha