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A former Oklahoma City officer convicted of raping black women is being protected by officials.
Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting the black women he targeted, many of whom lived on the margins.
According to Fox5, much of Holtzclaw’s information–such as his mugshot and location– have been removed from the Department of Corrections database for the ex-officer’s own protection:
The DOC tells Fox 25 their primary responsibility is the safety and security of offenders and then the public’s safety. Communications Director Terri Watkins said this is not an uncommon practice.
As a consequence of the removal, Hotlzclaw’s information was removed from the Victim’s Notification system, known as V.I.N.E., which is run by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office. The AG’s office told Fox 25 the information provided to victims of crime comes from the Department of Corrections. The DOC said Holtzclaw’s victims will be notified if he is released. However, Holtzclaw’s sentence would not allow for such a release.
Watkins said she was not certain of the state law that allows for the removal of inmates from the publicly accessible database, but that it was most recently done with former State Representative Randy Terrill. However, Terrill’s information, including his mug shot and charges remains online as of the publication of this story. Terrill’s incarceration for bribery ended last year, but he remains on probation.
Even though Holtzclaw will spend the rest of his life in prison, the action taken by DOC begs the question of why he’s being given preferential treatment. Prison officials don’t go to these lengths to protect most convicted serial rapists.
Holtzclaw’s conviction was announced on his 29th birthday and his victims thought it an appropriate gift, so much so that they sang Happy Birthday to the ex-officer in the courthouse gallery.
There was concern early on about whether an all white jury would acquit Holtzclaw. After the verdict was delivered, Holtzclaw mouthed, “How could you do this?” to the jury.