In Part 2 of our conversation about the Daniel Holtzclaw verdict, UCLA and Columbia University law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw talks about the lack of attention on sexual abuse by police officers. Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, was accused of serial rape against African-American women. He was convicted by an all-white jury last week of rape and other charges against eight of the 13 women who accused him.
“Sexual abuse is the second and third most common complaint against police officers, but it’s just not a part of our conversation about police abuse, and it’s not a part of our conversation about sexual abuse,” Crenshaw says. “So this is an intersectional issue between these two movements, and these women are women who should be able to bring together Black Lives Matter and that kind of advocacy and anti-rape advocacy. That’s why this case is so important.”