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I put my hands on top of his car and he started to pat me down. Ligons' story of what happened during the traffic stop is exactly the same as the way Holtzclaw tells it, that is until, she says, Holtzclaw forced her to expose herself under the guise of searching Ligons, a year-old mother of four and grandmother of 12, for a concealed weapon.
Ligons is African-American, and Holtzclaw is half-white, half-Japanese. Ligons said she was pleading with Holtzclaw not to hurt her, and thought if she told him about her grandchildren that he would back off. Ligons said Holtzclaw then forced her to perform oral sex on him in the back of his patrol car, all while other cars were driving by on the street.
I just got off work,'" Ligons said. And it was frightening so bad.
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It was like a nightmare. It just was unreal, you know? When it was over, Ligons said Holtzclaw got out of the car, zipped up his pants and waited for Ligons to get up and get back in her car. Then she said he got into his patrol car and drove off.
Two hours later, Ligons said family members encouraged her to report the assault by the officer to the police. Holtzclaw, who had been with the department for about three years at the time, had developed a reputation as an aggressive officer. According to his Oklahoma City Police personnel file, he had at least a dozen excessive force complaints though he was never charged with wrongdoing.
Oklahoma City Police Det. Kim Davis interviewed both Ligons and Holtzclaw about the incident. There were many similarities between Holtzclaw's and Ligons' s of that night. Holtzclaw said he made a traffic stop at 2 a. Holtzclaw admitted he never bothered to call it in, and in another violation of procedure, Holtzclaw said he shut down the communications and GPS tracking system in his police car, which he said he always did after work.
The investigation quickly progressed, and detectives asked Holtzclaw to turn over his badge, his gun and his police uniform. It was on the trousers of his uniform where police made a chilling discovery.
To the detectives, this meant there was possibly another victim out there. Police began checking the records of Holtzclaw's encounters with other women on his beat. I just was thinking, like, 'I've got to let him do it, because he, you know, he probably could hurt me. Carla Raines, a year-old mother of two, says she was walking down the street when Holtzclaw had her get into his patrol car and made her expose herself supposedly so he could check for drugs or weapons.
Can you let me go? Raines said she didn't report the incident to police at the time because she "didn't think that anything would happen. Ellis said the officer ran her name and found she had an arrest warrant and multiple unpaid fines. When she looked up, Ellis said the officer forced himself on her. Afterward, she said she was driven to an abandoned school yard nearby where she was raped. Two months after Daniel Holtzclaw's interrogation with Det. Kim Davis, the police arrested him in the parking lot outside of his gym.
Holtzclaw, 29, was accused of committing sex crimes while he patrolled low-income neighborhoods. Authorities built their case on a pattern of behavior they believed Holtzclaw followed when he stopped potential victims. He would say, 'Well, I need to search you.
I need to make sure you don't have—' and it would kind of start from there," Davis said. Nearly every one of Holtzclaw's accusers had criminal histories of drug abuse, prostitution or outstanding warrants. Nobody's going to believe them. If you believe them, who cares? Yes, they can. So that's why he was picking these kind of women, because that's the perfect victim.
And he used that power over them," Citty said. Investigators eventually located a year-old girl Holtzclaw had given a ride home, who told police that Holtzclaw then raped her on the front porch of her house.
When they sent her DNA sample to a lab, they found that it was a match to that unknown female DNA that was found on the inside fly of Holtzclaw's uniform pants. But I didn't," said Davis of the moment. By the time the case went to trial inprosecutors filed charges against Holtzclaw for sexually assaulting 13 women, all African-American and most of them middle-aged. After a six-week trial and four days of jury deliberations, Holtzclaw was convicted by an all-white jury in December on 18 of the 36 counts he faced related to rape, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and other charges.
He was sentenced to years in prison. The convictions represented eight of the 13 accusers including Sherry Ellis and Jannie Ligons but he was acquitted on the counts relating to Shardayreon Hill and Carla Raines. I have nothing to hide and what I want the public to see is my personal side to the story.
But what I did is I protected and served, and there was a vendetta as far as the detectives, as far as the prosecution," he said. Holtzclaw's family believes in him so strongly that his father Eric and mother Kumiko Holtzclaw say they have emptied their life savings and cashed in their pension to pay for his defense.
It was just really, really tough to see this-- them portray him like this. Everybody that knows him, he's just not that person. Eric Holtzclaw said that even the DNA evidence was "easily explainable. Holtzclaw was a high school football star and went on to play linebacker at Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated with a criminal justice degree. Cortland Selmon, who was Daniel Holtzclaw's football teammate at EMU, says Holtzclaw was a standout at middle linebacker and led by example. He was always that same-- intense-- focused person. He got out there and he did what, you know, he knew what to do.
And that was play football and play it well.
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Selmon said he and Holtzclaw were in different cities after graduation and rarely spoke until one day in And I couldn't believe it," Selmon said. Selmon is African-American and believes to this day that Holtzclaw didn't sexually assault any of the women. He flew to Oklahoma twice to attend some of the trial. There's no doubt that Daniel came in contact with these people," Selmon says, but, "Where does the credibility lie?
Daniel Holtzclaw's defense team also pointed out that many of the 13 women who accused him were imperfect witnesses. Most of the 13 accusers never reported the sexual assaults. In a police interview during their investigation, Carla Raines initially denied that she was ever a victim of sexual assault by an officer, and another accuser wasn't able to identify Holtzclaw out of a police line-up.
When Sherry Ellis described her attacker to police she said he was a black man shorter than her, which doesn't fit Holtzclaw's description. That's the last thing on your mind when you are being sexually assaulted," she said. You Can Run Warrant Searches'.
Though he admits that he interacted with each of the 13 women, Daniel Holtzclaw insists his accusers are lying and motivated by money. At least 11 of the 13 accusers have filed civil lawsuits against Holtzclaw and the Oklahoma City Police department claiming their fourth and fourteenth amendment rights were violated. He said he interacted with each of his accusers to try to develop sources, locate drug houses and fight crime.
You can run warrant searches. You can talk to them … you can find intel based on what their stores are and see if they matched up," he said. However, authorities said Holtzclaw violated police protocol, when after he allegedly assaulted Hill, he actually friended her on Facebook and then later showed up at her house in his personal car. That's it. And like I said, I should have not done that. I was wrong. Yeah, it does bring up the suspicious, you know, things. But again, nothing of a criminal nature.
I did not do anything to her. I did not come on to her," Holtzclaw said. Hill that wasn't what happened and that when he got to her house, "he was trying to get me to have sex with him. Hill and the 12 other women accusing Holtzclaw of sexual assault took the stand at his trial and explained how they said Holtzclaw violated them.
Some of Holtzclaw's accusers were in jail and testified in their orange jumpsuits. Some of the accusers changed their stories, and one came into court high on drugs. But Jannie Ligons, the first women Kim Davis interviewed, had no known criminal history or record of addiction or prostitution. Still, Holtzclaw calls her credibility into question. She's not innocent the way people think she is.
She had a bust in the '80s … But we couldn't present that to the jury," Holtzclaw said. And I guess apparently he thought I was one of 'em, but big, big mistake. He just stopped the wrong lady that night," said Ligons.