The sad fact in our disintegrating society and the national security state that has replaced democracy in America is that law-enforcement is increasingly attracting psychopaths. Last week I wrote of an Atlanta cop, Tahreem Zeus Rana who met a woman online and then shot and killed her before setting her body on fire. The latest rogue cop to make the news is an Oklahoma City police officer, Daniel Ken Holtzclaw who was arrested on multiple counts of sexual battery and rape. I want to emphasize that the majority of police are good, decent and upstanding citizens tasked with doing a dirty, brutal and thankless job but it is important that the bad apples be spotted and eliminated from positions where they are able to abuse authority.

According to a story posted in the online edition of The Oklahoman entitled “Hunted by night: Oklahoma City police officer accused of series of sexual assaults”:

For six months, prosecutors allege, Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw prowled the dimly lit nighttime streets of one of the state’s poorest neighborhoods engaging in an escalating level of sexual assaults, often while on duty.

The primary stalking grounds covered just a few blocks on Oklahoma City’s northeast side.

There, among overgrown lots, boarded up houses, abandoned businesses and residents struggling to just get by, the women proved vulnerable prey.

The victims were all black, all with criminal histories of drug use or prostitution.

For six months, prosecutors allege, Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw prowled the dimly lit nighttime streets of one of the state’s poorest neighborhoods engaging in an escalating level of sexual assaults, often while on duty.

The incidents took place in private residences and in a police car parked on streets or in empty lots, authorities say. The crimes advanced from groping, to oral sodomy, to rape. The victims ranged in ages from 34 to 58.

The attacks stopped in June, only after Holtzclaw, 27, allegedly assaulted a woman who immediately reported the incident to police. That report came more than two months after another victim had come forward to tell police she’d been assaulted by an unknown officer later alleged to be Holtzclaw. Department officials say it wasn’t until the second victim came forward that they were able to link both cases to Holtzclaw. He was removed from duty the day of the second assault. In the weeks that followed, police would canvass neighborhoods, examine Holtzclaw’s police computer searches and review the global tracking system on Holtzclaw’s police vehicle to trace his movements.

The story has garnered national attention, additional information is provided by The New York Daily News in a story entitled “Oklahoma City cop accused of raping, sexually assaulting 7 women while on duty”:

An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least seven women — including a 57-year-old grandmother — while on patrol duty, officials said.

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw was arrested Thursday afternoon on a probable cause warrant.

The 27-year-old officer attacked the seven women, between the ages of 34 and 58, over a period of months, police said. He allegedly raped one woman, forced three to perform oral sex and fondled and exposed the others, the Oklahoman reported.

Holtzclaw, a three-year veteran of the force, stopped his victims while on his patrol shift, between 4 p.m. and 2 a.m., police said. Sometimes, he attacked at the scene of routine traffic stops. Other times, he led his victims away to remote spots before assaulting them.

The Daily News also links to the website of local station KOCO-TV that has video on this disgusting story of a public servant engaged in sick abuses of power. Holtzclaw is just one more example of how disturbed individuals are able to escape detection during pre-employment screenings to end up on the nation’s police forces. They are eventually caught resulting in negative media coverage that only serves to tarnish the image of police in general.

Holtzclaw is now out on bond awaiting trial and according to a Reuters article,“Oklahoma policeman accused of rape while on patrol released on bond”:

Holtzclaw was ordered into house arrest and fitted with a GPS monitoring system, court records show. He was forced to turn in his badge, uniform, and weapon.

There will no doubt be further developments and details forthcoming in this latest episode of cops run amok.