This is a companion page to a video posted on Oct. 1, 2016 - as seen below (press the play arrow on the thumbnail)...
Myth vs. Fact #1: Much of the Daniel Holtzclaw investigation, allegations, trial and subsequent public attention has been on the belief that Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was a serial rapist who intentionally targeted black females with a history of prostitution and/or drug abuse.
In reality, police and court records are clear; Members of the Oklahoma City Police Department (specifically Lt. Timothy Muzny, Det. Kim Davis and Det. Rocky Gregory) made the decision within the first few days of accuser Jannie Ligons coming forward that they would only seek out black females that Holtzclaw had had contact with while on patrol. That list was further reduced to black females with a history of prostitution and/or drugs shortly thereafter. At that point, there was no evidence to support either the claim that Holtzclaw was a serial rapist, nor that he was targeting any specific race or background.
It appears the initial decision to only look for possible black female 'victims' was made after a first list of all female contacts of all races proved to be too long.
From the very beginning, authorities created a narrative without any foundation of evidence to back it up and continue to forward that narrative to this very day.
Myth vs. Fact #2: Accuser Jannie Ligons says she was assaulted by Daniel Holtzclaw on June 18, 2014. Just five days later, on June 23rd., Ligons goes on television to tell the world that there is an Oklahoma City police officer who is sexually assaulting women. Following that first news coverage the accusers started lining up...
- Kala Lyles (identified on 7/23/2014)
- Sherry Ellis (identified on 7/24/2014)
- Florene Mathis (identified on 8/13/2014)
- Tabitha Barnes (identified on 8/14/2014)
- Carla Johnson (identified on 8/14/2014)
- Carla Raines (identified on 8/15/2014)
- Rosetta Grate (identified on 8/15/2014)
- Shardayreon Hill (identified on 9/19/2014)
- Syrita Bowen (identified on 10/2/2014)
- Gardner (juvenile, identified on 10/3/2014)
- Regina Copeland (identified on 10/13/2014)
That leaves accuser Terri Morris. While Morris made accusations that she had been sexually assaulted by an Oklahoma City police officer on May 24, 2014, Holtzclaw was not listed as her suspected attacker until after June 23rd. You can read the details of Morris' allegations and her admitted lies at this link.
Also keep in mind, there were actually a total of at least 20 accusers who came forward after the investigation against Holtzclaw became public. Seven of the 20 were discredited immediately and all but one of them admitted to lying when confronted by investigators. The one who maintained her allegations, Shaneice Barksdale, was eventually criminally charged and pleaded guilty. You can read more about Barksdale at this link. That left the 13 who prosecutors gave full credibility simply because Holtzclaw had verifiable contact with them - something Holtzclaw has never denied.
Myth vs. Fact #3: Prosecutors, the media and activist groups have proclaimed from the very beginning that what makes the accusers so credible is the idea that their stories are backed up by the AVL (GPS) data in Holtzclaw's patrol car. In reality, Holtzclaw's patrol car GPS only proves that he made contact with each of the 13 accusers - it does not prove that any crime whatsoever occurred.
- Terri Morris - GPS data and radio dispatches confirm that Holtzclaw made contact with Morris on May 18, 2014. However, GPS also shows that Morris lied about Holtzclaw dropping her off. Morris was specific on the drop off location (NE 26 and N. Kelley Ave.). GPS data shows that Holtzclaw never stopped or even drove slower than 19 MPH between NE 28 and NW 23rd.
Morris is also the accuser detectives and the prosecution forwarded as giving a detailed description of a "zig zag" route Holtzclaw had allegedly taken her. In reality, the recorded interview with Morris by Det. Gregory clearly has Morris giving an extremely vague account of their route. In addition, the GPS shows no extensive zig-zag pattern even existed.
- Regina Copeland - GPS data proves that Copeland lied to investigators and at trial. Copeland claims that Holtzclaw stopped her during a traffic stop (confirmed by GPS). Copeland then claims that Holtzclaw allowed her to drive drunk to a relative's home while he followed (her stated route differs from Holtzclaw's GPS). Copeland then claims that Holtzclaw pulled up in front of her relative's home and told her to get into his patrol car. Copeland then claimed that Holtzclaw made three right turns, parked and then raped her. Holtzclaw's GPS clearly shows he never drove down Copeland's relative's street and never made the three right turns (or any turns in the area at all). Those assertions by Copeland are essential to her sexual assault allegations.
- Sherry Ellis - GPS data proves that Holtzclaw did indeed contact Ellis while she was walking. Ellis claims that Holtzclaw then instructed her to get in his patrol car and that he took her to an abandoned school yard, parked, removed her from his patrol car, bent her over and raped her for 10-minutes. Holtzclaw's GPS clearly shows that after he left his initial contact location with Ellis that he drove through the abandoned school yard, never drove slower than 2 MPH, never stopped and wasn't in the area for more than a couple of minutes (just long enough to drive across the property).
Myth vs. Fact #4: Investigators, prosecutors and the media will have you believe that each of the 13 accusers were able to accurately describe Holtzclaw as their attacker.
That actually shouldn't come as any surprise, because Holtzclaw admits he had contact with each of the 13 accusers while on patrol.
However, even with that fact, accusers still were often unable to accurately give a physical description of Holtzclaw as their attacker or even identify what type of patrol car he drove.
One Holtzclaw accuser said he had blonde hair. Another accuser said he had bad acne. More than one accuser claimed he was dark complected. Another was confident he drove a completely different style of police patrol car. The only accuser to even be shown a photo lineup could not pick Holtzclaw out - which is probably why none of the remaining 12 accusers were ever shown a photo lineup. Worst of all... Holtzclaw was given the most number of years (62) from the allegations of a crack addict, Sherry Ellis, who swore her attacker was a police officer she knew well and that he was a short black man. Holtzclaw is over 6' tall and pale. Ellis' account also didn't match Hotlzclaw's GPS - but we are to believe Hotlzclaw received a fair trial.
Myth vs. Fact #5: The public has been groomed to think that DNA evidence is damning evidence. In reality, DNA is all around us all the time. Study after study has found that if you and I shake hands, then I pick up a gun, there is a good possibility your DNA can be found somewhere on that gun - even though you never physically touched it.
Prior to and at trial, detectives and prosecutors kept telling the public - and even the jury - that a juvenile accuser's DNA was found on the fly of Holtzclaw's pants. Prosecutor Gayland Geiger went so far as to tell the jury the DNA on Holtzclaw's pants was definitively from the juvenile's vagina during her rape by Holtzclaw. This, even though the state's own DNA lab testified they have no idea where the DNA came from or how it got on Holtzclaw's pants. What was never disclosed to Holtzclaw or the jury was the fact that additional DNA was also found on the fly of Holtzclaw's pants. Specifically, the DNA of a yet to be identified male - not Holtzclaw. This fact supports the defense's position that the DNA on Holtzclaw's pants is simply touch or transfer DNA and has nothing to do with a sexual assault.