Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, a three-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department, was arrested on complaints of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and indecent exposure. He was being held in the Oklahoma County jail in lieu of $5 million bail.
Holtzclaw is accused of stopping women — some as they walked through neighborhoods — and threatening them with arrest, Citty said. Police said Holtzclaw forced women to expose themselves, fondled the women, and in at least one instance, [raped] a woman, Citty said.
The chief said all the victims are black women between the ages of 34 and 58.
Because most white women aren’t entrained to understand from the day we’re born that the police can arrest you for nothing. The threat of arrest for nothing has to be believed.
And the history of letting cops harass black people, and threaten them with arrest for nothing, and arrest them for nothing, and disbelieving them when they say they weren’t doing anything illegal, all conspired to make Holtzclaw’s threat meaningful to black women in a way it might not have been for most white women.
Which is not to suggest non-black women haven’t been exploited this way. They have. My point is that Holtzclaw chose victims he perceived as most likely to be intimidated by a threat of arrest for nothing and least likely to want to interact with the police to report him.
If anyone’s in the position to understand people’s relationships with the cops, to exploit it, it’s a police officer. And no one is more intimately familiar with the rape culture, and how to exploit it to his advantage, than a rapist.