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Oklahoma Police Charged With Raping 13 Black Women Receives All White Jury



Many women reported that he forced them into his squad car and drove them to strange places, fields, empty lots, driveways. The GPS data backed up each claim. Other women reported that he insisted on taking them to their home and actually raped them inside of their home. Yet more women reported that Daniel Holtzclaw came back to their homes on multiple occasions to assault and intimidate them. GPS data obtained from his vehicle backed up those claims as well.
Daniel Holtzclaw has been charged with 36 crimes including first-degree rape, sexual assault, indecent exposure, stalking, burglary and more.
One of the women who have accused former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of sexual assault is pictured in silhouette from February.SUE OGROCKI/AP

One of the women who have accused former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of sexual assault is pictured in silhouette from February.

On Tuesday, the final jury was selected and many in the community where the victims come from hoped that it would have some degree of diversity on it. Unsurprisingly it did not.
Every eligible African-American juror was removed from consideration and the final jury selection was composed of eight white men and four white women. Not one black woman even made it into the final larger pool of jurors. Three black men made it into that pool, but were each removed. Not even the alternate jurors were black.
Sadly, race still very much matters in America and it’s just not hard for any African-American to imagine a jury primarily made up of white men setting free a popular white football star turned officer accused of such heinous crimes. Not ironically, the Supreme Court just heard a case concerning all-white juries that have convicted African-Americans for serious crimes.
Never, in the history of America, has a white man accused of horrendous crimes against African-Americans received an all-black jury, but here we are with Holtzclaw. The trial is expected to last up to 60 days.

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