*When a 57-year-old grandmother returned home from her job and saw the face of Daniel Holtzclaw on TV; all she could do was let out a hoop and a holler. “That’s him!” That’s him!” she screamed with a sense of vindication towards the man who forced her to sodomize him as a bargaining chip when he pulled her over on the freeway. Six other women came forward too, identifying Holtzclaw, a former college football player and onetime member of the Detroit Lions, who turned police officer and joined the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Proving once again that even a slug can get some level of support, the man arrested in August and charged with sexually abusing eight black women, has actually gained online supporters who have raised more than $7,000 towards his defense according to MLive.com.
Prosecutors say Holtzclaw frequently stopped black woman between the ages of 34 and 58 and “threatened to arrest them or physically harm them unless they exposed themselves, allowed him to fondle them or had sex with him.”
He has been an officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department for three years and is being held on $5 million bond. Friends and family have even put up a Facebook page called “Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw,” Raw Story reports.
And supporters of the officer have used the Facebook page to rally support for him because they believe he has been falsely charged based on erroneous allegations.
So far, the page has received 500 likes and even offers T-shirts for sale that read “Free the Claw” and JusticeForDanielHoltzclaw. Holtzclaw’s sister also developed a crowd-funding page on the website GoFundMe. She hopes to raise $100,000 for her brother’s legal defense; so far the site has brought in $7,390.
“The pursuit of justice will be lengthy, but with the support of family, friends and the community, Daniel Holtzclaw will be vindicated and justice will prevail,” the GoFundMe page reads. “All funds raised will assist Daniel and his family as they seek the justice Daniel Holtzclaw so rightly deserves.”