Reaction: Hunting Holtzclaw series by The Oklahoman - Chapter Four | The Reckoning

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6/21/2016 - This is the fourth and final artilce of's reaction series to 'Hunting Holtzclaw' as written by reporter Adam Kemp and published by The Oklahoman. You can read my reaction to part one at this link - My reaction to part two at this link - My reaction to part three at this link. You can read the entire series, as it was originally published, by The Oklahoman at this link.

Chapter four attempts to wrap-up The Oklahoman's series by taking the reader from the Ligons traffic stop, through the investigation, to Holtzclaw's arrest, trial, conviction, sentencing and a whole 'where are they now' for Detectives Davis and Gregory - and all in less than 1,800 words. So, naturally, reporter Kemp is going to be glossing over, well..... everything important.

Reaction: Chapter Four | The Reckoning

Chapter four starts off by re-hashing information from the first three installments before moving on to the polygraph that Holtzclaw's FOP lawyer refused to let him take. Which is of little consequence when you consider Holtzclaw's trial defense team offered to let him take a polygraph in exchange for charges being dropped on any instance where he passed the test - to which prosecutors refused.

Reporter Kemp references an autobiography Holtzclaw wrote while in the police academy and how Det. Davis used it to investigate his background. You can read that autobiography at this link.

Reporter Kemp then details how Detectives Davis and Gregory "dive into the boxes of records. They spend weeks searching for patterns, coincidences, odd occurrences. Things that just don’t look right." -- Which is all a great big load of crap and the investigative documents prove it.

In reality, Lt. Muzny simply ordered up a list of every female Holtzclaw reportedly came into contact with. When investigators realized that list was simply too extensive to be of any use, they arbitrarily made a massive cut - eliminating all non-black females. From there Detectives Davis and Gregory further reduced the list to only those black females who have a history of prostitution or drugs. 

No attempt is ever made by law enforcement to justify the logic behind how detectives came up with their final list of women to interview. A list that was contrived from the very beginning and does not reflect the 'perfect victims' that investigators, prosecutors, activists and the media so desperately want to use as the foundation for their narrative. Instead, as I've argued from day one, this list of felons, addicts and the mentally unstable is the epitome of the 'perfect accusers.' You can read more about my thoughts on debunking the 'Perfect Victim Myth' at this link.

Reporter Kemp portrays Detectives Davis and Gregory as diligently working their way through their list of potential victims and how time and time again their efforts reap the rewards of credible accusers with tales backed up by infallible GPS evidence.

What reporter Kemp doesn't bother to disclose is that those 'Perfect Victims' often give imperfect tales.... Like accuser Morris - who admitted to lying initially and whose revised complaint contains GPS impossibilities.  Or, accuser Hill - who claims she was raped while in an emergency room recovery area surrounded by patients, staff and even other police officers. Then there's accuser Raines - who seven times tells Det. Gregory that she is not only NOT a victim of Holtzclaw but has absolutely no idea what he is talking about (reporter Kemp specifically listened to that interview recording in my office - but it apparently slipped his mind). Or, how about accuser Copeland - whose account of her alleged assault doesn't even come close to matching the GPS in Holtzclaw's patrol car. My personal favorite is accuser Ellis - who repeatedly described Holtzclaw as a short black man and couldn't point him out in the courtroom. Even better was Ellis' account that she was taken to an abandoned school yard, removed from Holtzclaw's patrol car, bent over and raped for ten minutes. Problem is, Holtzclaw's patrol car GPS shows he was only in the area of the school yard for just over two minutes and never drove slower than 2 MPH. Even more disturbing than Ellis' accusations is the fact Holtzclaw received the most number of years in prison (62) from her testimony.

Of the thirteen accusers, only three came forward on their own - two of which Holtzclaw was found "not guilty" of their accusations. The remaining 10 had to be sought out by detectives. 

Reporter Kemp spends a mere 18 words on the trial itself. No mention of the accusers who literally showed up and tested high for PCP before giving their testimony. Or, the seven members of the public audience (including accuser Hill) who were confronted by court security for trying to take photos of jury members. Not a word of the chanting going on outside the courtroom during the trial or the uniformed members of the Black Panthers who, when confronted by the court, refused to remove their military inspired berets. 

Reporter Kemp wraps-up his series with a final paragraph that to me summarizes why Det. Davis allowed herself to develop tunnel vision when it came to the Holtzclaw case - she was nearing retirement and she desperately wanted to create a legacy for herself within the department and Holtzclaw was her ticket to that career achievement.

So, What is the takeaway from 'Chapter Four | The Reckoning'?

  • Despite reporter Kemp's attempts to portray Detectives Davis and Gregory as thorough investigators, the court records show otherwise.
  • Ten of the 13 accusers had to be sought out by detectives who utilized their mythical 'perfect victim' profile.
  • Holtzclaw received 62-years in prison on the word of an accuser who described him as a short black man who stopped and raped her in an area Holtzclaw's own GPS says is an impossibility.
  • Det. Davis used the Holtzclaw investigation as the cornerstone to her otherwise mostly uneventful career.