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Holtzclaw victims address the media:'He picked the wrong lady to stop that night'

Attorney Benjamin Crump and victims Janie Liggins and Shaudae Harris speak with the media Friday. (KOKH)

Several victims of former Oklahoma City Police Department officer Daniel Holtzclaw addressed the media Friday morning.

Two victims, Jannie Ligons and Sharday Hill, were joined by Attorney Benjamin Crump, leaders of the National Bar Association, Attorney's Damario Solomon-Simmons and Melvin Hall and the Oklahoma City Artists for Justice's Grace Franklin and Candace Liger.

"We are pleased with the 18 counts we received, but we are not pleased with the 18 counts we didn't." Franklin said. "The tendency is not to believe black women."


Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented five of the victims and also the woman who initially reported Holtzclaw, said he had a had a hollow pit in his stomach when he heard the victim's stories.

"This isn't just a celebration of victory, it's a celebration of courage," Crump said.


Crump expressed anger for the little amount of national coverage the case received.

"Why is there no national outcry over a serial rapist with a badge," Crump said.

Initial victim Jannie Ligons described Holtzclaw's attack on her during the press conference.

"I was so afraid and helpless," Ligons said. "I was a victim I was traumatized, I went to therapy...I still live with this day after day,"

Ligons was the first victim to report the crimes to the Oklahoma City Police Department, leading to a larger investigation.

"He picked the wrong lady to stop that night," Ligons said.


A second victim, Sharday Hill, was sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw while handcuffed to a bed at an Oklahoma City hospital.

"I just couldn't even believe it, I was speechless, I was scared, when everything was going down...I felt like I was in survival mode and I had to do what he was making me do," Hill said.


On Thursday, Holtzclaw was found guilty of 18 of 36 counts including first degree rape, sexual battery and procuring lewd exhibition. The jury recommended 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw's official sentencing will be held Jan. 21, 2016. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office confirmed Holtzclaw was on suicide watch Friday at the Oklahoma County Jail.

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