On January 21, the day of Holtzclaw’s sentencing, join us in sharing and demanding the following steps toward accountability:
Reporting sexual assault: Officers should recognize the impact of trauma on victims of sexual assault by attending to immediate health and safety concerns and carefully explaining all steps of the reporting and investigation process.
Investigating sexual misconduct by law enforcement: Departments should employ early intervention systems to monitor, identify and prevent problem behavior by collecting data on each officer to detect suspicious trends. Agencies must enforce zero tolerance sexual offense policies that support victims, provide an environment in which a victim can feel safe to report, and reinforce officer accountability.
As recommended by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing: We call for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2015, which for the first time includes a ban on racial profiling based on gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and urge local police departments to adopt and enforce gender and sexuality-inclusive racial profiling bans. Holtzclaw was able to take advantage of the lack of racial profiling regulation to freely profile Black women without oversight.
We demand Daniel Holtzclaw’s sentence be served consecutively to demonstrate that systematic preying on women of color is a violation of basic rights that will result in a life sentence. If Holtzclaw is ruled to serve this time concurrently, his victims would have to live with the awareness that he could walk free in 25 years.
We call on self-identified feminist and anti-violence organizations to join this cause and start taking action to demonstrate solidarity amidst a major human rights violation case. Likewise, we demand media attention be brought to Holtzclaw’s impending sentencing on January 21 and the public response.