DANIEL HOLTZCLAW PROCLAIMS HIS INNOCENCE to Parole Board in January 2018
Feb 26, 2018 — Daniel Holtzclaw’s first parole hearing occurred in January 2018, and both Daniel and his father Eric wrote letters proclaiming Daniel’s innocence and requesting that the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board grant parole. YOU CAN READ DANIEL’S AND HIS FATHER’S LETTERS in Michelle Malkin’s carefully researched article entitled, “Holtzclaw update: Parole hearing, secret hearings, and conflicts galore.”
Here are excerpts from Daniel’s letter to the Parole Board:
THE START OF THIS NIGHTMARE WHERE I WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED HAS BEEN BEYOND IMAGINABLE FOR MYSELF AND MY FAMILY.
MY WHOLE LIFE IVE BEEN SOMEONE WHO ALWAYS LOVED HELPING OTHERS AND ULTIMATELY LED ME TO THE CAREER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. […]
AS A POLICE OFFICER I GAVE AN OATH TO PROTECT AND SERVE IN WHICH I DID TO THE FULLEST. […] I DID EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO PROTECT OTHER OFFICERS AND THE CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA CITY.
I AM COMPLETELY INNOCENT OF ALL THESE CHARGES AGAINST ME. I WENT TO TRIAL AND I WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED ON 18 CHARGES. I PUT MY LIFE ON THE LINE EACH DAY I WENT TO WORK AND BELIEVED IN THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM. THAT JUDICIAL SYSTEM FAILED ME.
The support letter from Daniel’s father, Eric Holtzclaw, outlines the flawed investigation, faulty science, mob rule at the trial, prosecutorial misconduct, and other constitutional violations that led to Daniel’s convictions.
Eric Holtzclaw writes:
“Daniel was an upstanding police officer who was railroaded by the police department due to a presumption of guilt, flawed forensic science, incompetent detective work, and officials who cared more about obtaining a conviction to placate the public than about discovering the truth. […]
“As in many other high-profile cases in which police were accused of wrongdoing, there was a rush to judgment based on biased media coverage and the anti-police political climate. Just looking at the number of years given to Daniel in a case where there were no eyewitnesses and no direct forensic evidence linking him to any alleged crime demonstrates that something went seriously awry in the findings of the jury and sentencing.”
Ms. Malkin’s article reveals the disturbing news of a new injustice against Daniel. The Parole Board had a chance to make right the wrongs perpetrated against Daniel. Instead, the Board denied Daniel parole, ignoring the pleas of this innocent man and his father. The Board also denied parole by including the vote of a PAROLE BOARD MEMBER WITH A CLEAR BIAS AGAINST DANIEL.
During Michelle Malkin’s investigations, she discovered that PAROLE BOARD MEMBER RICK STEELE failed to recuse himself from voting on Daniel’s parole even though Mr. Steele HAS SHOWN HIS BIAS against Daniel by writing an e-mail enthusiastically applauding Oklahoma City Police Chief Citty for participating in a rally for the accusers of Daniel. Steele called Chief Citty "one of the greatest leaders I know" -- the same police chief who condemned Daniel as guilty and fired him long before the trial.
The injustices against Daniel, an innocent man, continue. But, fortunately, advocates are revealing the bias and unethical behavior of those who worked to convict Daniel and now work to keep him wrongfully imprisoned. The TRUTH will SET DANIEL FREE. Please share Daniel’s petition with others so that more people learn the truth about Daniel’s case.
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