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Breaking: Former Oklahoma Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw Found Guilty of Rape

Just a few hours ago, the jury in the trial of Former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw returned a guilty verdict against him on 18 total counts of sex related crimes, including rape.

Via NBCnews.com:

Holtzclaw, 29, hung his head and began sobbing and rocking back and forth as the verdicts were read. The jury found him guilty of 18 counts of sexual battery, rape and other offenses.

Holtzclaw was charged with 36 counts of rape, forcible oral sodomy, burglary and other charges.

The sentences recommended by the jury along with each guilty verdict add up to more than 260 years, NBC affiliate KFOR reported. Hotzclaw is scheduled to be sentenced in January. District Attorney David Prater said he will ask the sentences be served consecutively.

Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger told the court that Holtzclaw preyed on vulnerable women — all African American, most with police records — he stopped while on patrol.

The case had racial overtones, and attracted the interest of the Black Lives Matter movement. Holtzclaw is white, and all of his victims are black. The jury was made up of eight men and four women, all of whom appeared to be white.

Officer Daniel Holtzclaw

Convicted Rapist and Former Officer Daniel Holtzclaw

Some supporters of the victims sang “Happy Birthday” — Holtzclaw turned 29 Thursday — outside court after the verdicts were read, KFOR reported.

The lead detective in the case, Kim Davis, said after the verdict: “I feel horrible for his family. It’s brutal, but I think justice was served,” The Associated Press reported.

Thirteen women took the stand and told strikingly similar stories — Holtzclaw coerced them into having sex after threatening to arrest them on outstanding warrants or for possessing drug paraphernalia.

Most didn’t dare report what allegedly happened to them to police. “I didn’t think anyone would believe me,” one woman testified. “I’m a black female.”

It wasn’t until a black woman in her 50s — identified in court papers as J.L. — came forward and told police what allegedly happened after Holtzclaw stopped her on June 18, 2014, that an investigation was launched.

So long as he doesn’t get the usual preferential treatment based on his having been a cop, Holtzclaw should more than likely not see the outside of a jail again. Especially since he used his shiny badge and magical uniform, along with the War on (Some) Drugs, to create the opportunity to commit those crimes in the first place.

How Companies Share Your Online Information with Law Enforcement

The following post was shared with the CopBlock Network anonymously, via the CopBlock.org Submissions Page.

By Patricia Shuler

You might be surprised at how easily law enforcement can obtain your private information

The internet is still something of a “Wild West” for privacy rights.* For the most part, that works in citizens’ favor—governments have yet to assert control over the internet the way they control television or radio—but in some cases, the absence of concrete rules allows law enforcement to take liberties with your private information in a way that would be unacceptable in most other contexts. Here are a few ways private companies share information with law enforcement, and what that means for your privacy rights.

Facebook hands over your personal data—even items you have marked “private.”

While setting a particular photo album or note to “private” may keep your ex from seeing it, it’s no protection against law enforcement. Federal and local law enforcement routinely request information from Facebook and other social networks to verify alibis, establish motive, and expose communications that might be relevant to investigations.

Facebook’s privacy policy states that they cooperate with law enforcement whenever they have a “good faith belief” that it will help prevent illegal activity—which basically means they’ll hand over your information for basically any justification law enforcement provides, with or without a warrant.

Your ISP will share details of your emails and browser history under certain circumstances.

Since email has been around a little longer, the privacy protections are somewhat stronger; but there are certain circumstances in which your ISP is permitted (or obligated) to share your personal data with law enforcement.

  • Your ISP can intercept and share messages if it “suspects” the sender intends to harm the system or another user, but it cannot monitor emails at random.
  • If either you or your message’s recipient consent, ISPs are free to share the content of your messages with law enforcement.
  • Because all your online correspondence goes through “third parties” (social networks, email services, your ISP), a warrant is not required to gain access to your online information—all police need is a court order or subpoena. Accordingly, police do not have to establish probable cause before obtaining your private information.
  • As of this summer, many ISPs have been openly deputized by the RIAA and MPAA to fight piracy by throttling bandwidth and even shutting down service for individuals accused of repeated piracy.

ISPs have access to more than just your browser history and email contacts—people who work out of the office on laptop computers give away their daily routine because ISPs keep track of where your IP address checks in from.

Cell phone companies hold a wealth of information that they routinely sell to law enforcement

Cell phone companies are even cagier about their data-sharing practices than the likes of Facebook or Google—and they possess a wealth of information that you might not realize you’re giving them. Any phone with GPS capability can tell your cell phone company who you routinely visit, what religious or political groups you belong to, and which of your contacts are most important to you—even if they don’t actually conduct a wiretap.

These requests for cell phone data have become so common that Sprint created a special website just for law-enforcement data requests—and received 8 million such requests within a year. Many law enforcement offices have simply set up automated check-ins to ping the Sprint site for updated information on the cell phones they’re tracking every three minutes.

While some of this information does require subpoenas (which are, again, easier to obtain than warrants), much of it is shared freely—and cell phone companies tell customers no more than they have to about their level of cooperation with law enforcement.

It’s easier to talk about what is not shared by third parties online

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Very few of your Fourth Amendment protections stay with you when you go online. Detailed call records, wiretaps, and the specific content of your emails are protected under most circumstances; but a good rule of thumb is that if you put any data on a telecommunications network, law enforcement has access to it.

Patricia Shuler is a BBGeeks.com staff writer from Oakland, California. She’s an admitted tech-junkie who’s quick to share her honest opinion on all things consumer electronic—including up-to-date news, user reviews, and “no holds barred” opinions on a variety of social media, tech, computer, and mobile accessories topics.

*Editor’s note – the “wild west” is a misconception, that era was actually very peaceful and non-violent. Instead of relying on arbitrary man-made legislation conflated to be law, natural law was emergent from the bottom-up. For more on this, check out:

Trevon Cole Killed by LVMPD’s Bryant Yant During Drug Raid

Bryan Yant, a Las Vegas police officer has been given a paid vacation after murdering Trevon Cole, an unarmed man, during a drug raid.

The police have tried to justify the slaying claiming that the victim made “a furtive movement.”

“It was during the course of a warrant and as you all know, narcotics warrants are all high-risk warrants,” Capt. Patrick Neville of Metro’s Robbery-Homicide Bureau said Friday night.

Trevon Cole

Trevon Cole

What Captain Neville failed to mention is that the only reason “narcotics” warrants are “high-risk” is that police typically enforce them by dressing up like the Gestapo, breaking into homes without warning in the middle of the night, throwing deadly grenades, pointing guns at anything with a pulse, and verbally and physically abusing anyone who happens to be inside. Maybe if the trigger-happy sociopaths who conduct these sorts of raids thought up less reckless ways to enforce the law or, better yet, stopped arresting people for victimless crimes, they wouldn’t have to keep making up lame excuses for murdering people.

Don’t expect any justice in this case because the officer responsible has murdered someone else in the past and gotten away with it.

Read the full story here.

This was originally posted at CopBlock.org