A new victim has emerged in the Daniel Holtzclaw case, an earlier victim whose complaint was not taken seriously by Oklahoma City police. Holtzclaw was sentenced to life in prison in December for raping or sexually assaulting multiple women while on duty as an Oklahoma City police officer between 2013 and 2014, usually targeting poor black women whose stories he thought would not be believed. Thirteen women testified against Holtzclaw at trial, resulting in his conviction in 18 of 36 counts of sexual abuse and police misconduct.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represents seven of Holtzclaw’s victim in a civil case filed February 25th, made an amendment to the original suit on Monday in order to add an eighth victim. Demetria Campbell was identified as the woman who filed a complaint against Holtzclaw to his supervisor on November 5, 2013, seven months before the next victim came forward.
Crump’s lawsuit claims that after Campbell came forward with her complaint, police did not investigate the officer. The suit was filed against Holtzclaw, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, Holtzclaw’s supervisor, officer Brian Bennett, and Detective Rocky Gregory. It was not until a second victim came forward on June 18, 2014 that they launched an investigation into Holtzclaw.
Campbell reportedly filed a civil suit last summer.
“Demetria Campbell was the first victim of this serial rapist with a badge,” Crump said at a news conference on Monday. “Oklahoma City knew exactly who he was and did nothing when she came forward. If they had done something about Demetria Campbell’s complaint, all these other rapes could have been avoided.”
The lawsuit states that Campbell reported being unlawfully detained by Holtzclaw while she was visiting her terminally ill daughter in the hospital. As she went to pick up food for her daughter, Holtzclaw slammed her into a brick wall and rubbed his genitals against her backside, becoming aroused. Holtzclaw, the suit says, then handcuffed her and began to drive around the city with Campbell in the backseat of the patrol car. The victim, who feared she would be raped, urinated on herself and was then released.
She returned to the hospital where her daughter was staying to have her injuries treated. A nurse contacted the police and Campbell was then interviewed by officer Brian Bennett. The OKCPD said they would be in touch and then never got back to her. Crump’s lawsuit states that Holtzclaw was never investigated or placed on desk duty after the incident.
The Oklahoma City police department denies the claim that Campbell’s assault was not taken seriously. Police Captain Paco Balderrama said that her allegations were investigated as a simple assault and that he was cleared of wrongdoing.