What if a man was convicted of crimes he didn’t commit … just to appease the Black Lives Matter mob?
Conservative Review Senior Editor Michelle Malkin explores that possibility in the explosive debut episodes of “Michelle Malkin Investigates.” She examines the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer who was convicted on multiple counts of rape and sentenced to 263 years in prison in January for crimes he says he didn’t commit.
Was there reasonable doubt?
In “Daniel in the Den,” Malkin explores whether the half-white, half-Japanese officer was convicted based on dubious evidence, unreliable testimony, and immense public pressure from the Black Lives Matter movement. If so, it sets a terrifying precedent.
Daniel Holtzclaw’s trouble began in 2014 with a routine traffic stop in northeast Oklahoma City, a predominantly black community notorious for its high crime rate and drug problem. A middle-aged black woman with a record of drug use claimed that, upon pulling her over, Holtzclaw forced her to perform sexual acts on him.
Holtzclaw's trial included allegations from 13 black women, only three of whom came forward on their own. As Malkin explains, "police created a profile black female victims, hunted them down, and then proactively informed some of these women that they were seeking out sexual assault victims."
In total there were 20 accusers. Seven, one of them male, were eliminated before trial. Private investigator Brian Bates, part of Holtzclaw's defense team, told Malkin their accusations "were so outlandish" they couldn't be included in the charges.
“Prosecutors argued that Holtzclaw "targeted" these vulnerable women because they were the ‘perfect victims,’” but Malkin believes detectives actually sought out “the perfect accusers.”
What followed proves just how influential the public can be in shaping the narrative of a case and pressuring those in power to act based on this narrative — even if it means ignoring the facts.
Through the trial, Oklahoma City’s black community stood in solidarity with the alleged victims, rallying behind a social and racial justice group called OKC Artists for Justice. Hundreds gathered to protest outside of the courthouse. At one point, the cries for “justice” grew so loud that the judge had to pause and explain to jurors what was happening.
Black Lives Matter activists launched a race-based crusade against Holtzclaw, amplifying and shaping the narrative that he targeted poor black women. As “Michelle Malkin Investigates” shows, the timeline of the Holtzclaw case overlaps with the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., which erupted after 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer. The OKCPD fired Holtzclaw shortly after the allegations emerged, perhaps fearing backlash similar to the violence that broke out in Ferguson.
So much for “innocent until proven guilty.”
Controversial civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown in the high-profile shooting cases, is currently representing several of Holtzclaw’s alleged female victims in a civil case. Speaking to News One (“Black America’s #1 News Source”), Crump called the guilty verdict a “victory” for “black women nationwide,” but added that it doesn’t even begin to address the “400 years of racial and sexual violence against Black women” in America.
Crump’s comments say it all.
This case was about social justice, not actual justice. Guilty or innocent, 29-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw was used as a prop for liberal race baiters. The type of sentiment expressed by Crump, a man of the law, should concern any person who believes in the fairness of our judicial system.
In the aftermath of the trial, the left-wing mob has continued to shout down any questions that don’t fit its carefully constructed narrative. When CRTV ran a billboard for “Michelle Malkin Investigates” in Oklahoma City, the OKC Artists for Justice demanded its removal.
The billboard featured Holtzclaw and posed the question: "What if he didn't do it?"
Following community outcry, Oklahoma City-based Tyler Media Group eventually caved in to pressure to take the billboard down.
But what if he really didn’t do it?
What if, instead, Daniel Holtzclaw is a victim of sloppy detective work, trial-by-mob, and liberal media bias? Michelle Malkin invites you to examine the overlooked evidence and decide for yourself:
The first four episodes of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” are available now on CRTV.
Editor's note: This piece has been updated with additional text describing the accusers.
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Carly Hoilman is a Correspondent for Conservative Review. You can follow her on Twitter @CarlyHoilman.