Valentine's Day message from Daniel Holtzclaw

Supporters, loved ones, & friends:

If I timed this letter right it should be posted around Valentine's Day. The day of love. I want to start this letter by expressing my perspective (as one who is wrongfully incarcerated). 

I look back at my previous life and think of the wonderful times I had where I may have taken them for granted. As a police officer there comes a lot of stress with the job. When you start out as a rookie, everything seems like it's going 100 mph. There's a lot of multi-tasking and it can become overwhelming at times. As you mature as an officer or even as a person, a lot of things start to slow down, but in life it's easy to overlook or take for granted those special moments with loved ones...

Holtzclaw accuser, Syrita Bowen, dismissed from federal civil lawsuit

A woman who accused former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw of rape has been dismissed from a federal civil rights lawsuit due to her non-compliance with court orders.

According to an order filed yesterday in federal court, plaintiff Syrita Bowen has been dismissed with prejudice "based on the failure of Ms. Bowen to respond to defendants' discovery requests since August 5, 2016, and to comply with the court's October 13, 2016, order to appear by new counsel."