Latest: Protesters Call for Oklahoma Ex-Officer’s Conviction

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Jurors considering 36 counts against Oklahoma officer.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jurors in Oklahoma City resumed deliberations Tuesday in the case of a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled. Daniel Holtzclaw’s case went to the state court panel Monday evening, after prosecutors and the former policeman’s lawyer finished their closing arguments. McConnell said Holtzclaw targeted drug addicts and other women with felony records who he could intimidate with threats of being jailed in order to prevent them from reporting the assaults to authorities. “Officer Holtzclaw counted on that,” McConnell told jurors. “Officer Holtzclaw is heady from these powers. The gathering Tuesday was billed as a “peaceful protest” in support of the alleged victims of former officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges.

Jurors began deliberations Monday evening and worked until early Tuesday morning, when the judge announced they had not reached a verdict but were done for the day. The rally was so close to the courtroom windows where jurors are deliberating Holtzclaw’s fate that a prosecutor came outside and asked the group to move.

In his closing arguments, defense attorney Scott Adams called the former college football player an honorable man who put his life on the line to protect the poor inner-city neighborhoods near the Oklahoma state Capitol. Convince these ladies that someone does care about them.” Since the trial started Nov. 2, the 13 women told jurors that Holtzclaw stopped them in their neighborhoods and sexually victimized them. Most said Holtzclaw checked for outstanding warrants, and then wanted them to prove they weren’t carrying drug paraphernalia, then forced himself on them.

The allegations against Holtzclaw brought new attention to the problem of sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers, something police chiefs have studied for years. During cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses, his attorney questioned why most of the women didn’t come forward until police identified them as possible victims.

During a monthlong trial, jurors heard from 13 women who alleged Holtzclaw preyed on them during traffic stops or in other instances while wearing his uniform and badge.

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