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Petition to Mary Fallin, Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, Oklahoma Former Governor Brad Henry, The Oklahoman, Tulsa World, KFOR-TV Channel 4, KOCO-TV Channel 5, Gary Richardson

Free Daniel Holtzclaw, an innocent man wrongfully convicted!

On Jan. 21, 2016, our son, brother, and friend Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, was sentenced to 263 years in prison after a jury wrongfully convicted him of sexually assaulting seven women and one teenager, despite the fact that no physical evidence of crime was found, patrol car Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) data failed to match crucial accusations, numerous discrepancies occurred in the accusers' testimony, and detectives gathered almost all of the accusers (ten out of thirteen) by selectively seeking out and questioning only African American women with histories of prostitution or drug use with whom Daniel had interacted during his routine police duties. Daniel Holtzclaw is innocent and was wrongfully convicted of crimes he never committed. Daniel put his life on the line daily as a police officer for the justice he served and also deserved in his trial but was denied. Please sign our petition to urge Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, former Governor Brad Henry, and Oklahoma news media to investigate the police misconduct and mishandling of Daniel's case that led to his convictions for multiple sexual assaults he did not commit, and to respectfully request that Governor Fallin grant clemency by exonerating Daniel because he is innocent.  You can learn more about who Daniel Holtzclaw is by visiting www.holtzclawtrial.com. The evidence supports Daniel's innocence. The only forensic finding linking Daniel to any accuser in the entire trial was DNA from a 17-year-old teenager who said the officer searched her purse, pat searched her, then raped her, yet the prosecution's own DNA analyst acknowledged the evidence was consistent with non-intimate, indirect transfer of skin cell DNA, such as from the purse to the officer's hands, then to his uniform pants while using the restroom. The State's forensic analyst failed to disclose during the trial that all four DNA samples from the fly of the uniform pants also included DNA from at least one male, which supports the non-intimate transfer explanation. The DNA did NOT derive from semen.  No DNA matching any other accuser besides the 17-year-old girl was found on the fly of Daniel's uniform pants, which police detectives took on June 18, 2014, along with his belt as their only evidence from Daniel. This was just hours after Daniel's night shift during which detectives eventually claimed he sexually assaulted not just the teenager through the unzipped fly of the buckled uniform pants, but also two other individuals including Jannie Ligons, whose unsubstantiated accusations sparked the investigation targeting Daniel. No vaginal fluid was seen on the fly of Daniel's uniform pants by the State's forensic analyst, who used a very bright light and a magnifying glass. Only the fly area of Daniel's uniform pants was tested for DNA, and the uniform pants were NOT tested for saliva, semen, or vaginal fluid to determine the source of the DNA, even though “in legal proceedings, a proper and reliable determination of the source of isolated DNA is essential and an error in identification may result in grave legal consequences” (Jakubowska et al. (2011) Problems of Forensic Sciences, 87: 204-215).  Despite these facts, Prosecutor Gayland Gieger claimed falsely during his closing argument that it was a "fact" that DNA from the walls of the teenager's vagina "was transferred in vaginal fluids" (Transcript p. 4307). Prosecutor Gieger also claimed falsely after the trial that "the skin cells were transferred through the body fluids of a 17-year-old girl after he raped her. That's what the evidence was, that's what the jury heard, and certainly that's what they convicted him of. They [the defense] tried to explain DNA from a 17-year-old girl that ends up inside his pants at the areas where his privates are. Quite frankly, their explanation was not believable because you can't explain that" (Erielle Reshef, KOKO 5 News, "Prosecutors who helped convict Daniel Holtzclaw speak,” Feb. 5, 2016). In reality, article after article has shown that skin cell DNA can transfer indirectly ("secondary" or "tertiary" transfer) from a person, via intermediaries, to an object without any direct contact. If DNA on the fly of your pants were evidence of a crime, then every one of us could be convicted. As early as 2010, forensic researchers reported their discovery that DNA can transfer from a woman through non-intimate social contact to a man's hands, and then to his underpants and even genitals during urination, such that her DNA will be found on a penile swab (Hulme, J. (2010) Science and Justice, 50: 100-109). This research was recently corroborated by Jones et al. (2016) DNA transfer through nonintimate social contact, Science and Justice, 56: 90-95. Prosecutor Gieger not only misrepresented the DNA evidence from the 17-year-old girl, but also did not fully inform the jury about exculpatory evidence that challenged her credibility. Just months after the teenager accused Daniel of sexually assaulting her, this same young woman, A.G., was arrested for using a machete to attack a man on June 10, 2015, after she claimed to police that the man had used the weapon to assault her but “police were not convinced she was telling the truth since she did not appear to have any injuries” (Dallas Franklin, KFOR.com, “Man allegedly attacked at home, 2 arrested,” June 11, 2015). A.G., who similarly accused Daniel of a heinous crime, was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, and on April 18, 2016, she pleaded guilty to two other violent crimes, including domestic assault and battery (Muskogee OK - Case CM-2015-00199 and Case CF-2016-00031). None of the accusations against Daniel Holtzclaw were supported by any solid evidence of crime. No evidence, for example, supported the first accusation targeting Daniel, which occurred on June 18, 2014, when Daniel performed an off-duty traffic stop of the swerving car with tinted windows that prevented him from seeing the occupant at 2 a.m. that morning. The driver, Jannie Ligons, had lacked a valid license for more than 30 years and later admitted to police that, before driving, she had taken sleep-inducing PM medication and smoked marijuana, which can cause paranoia and hallucinations. She said she placed her hands on the hood of the patrol car while Daniel pat searched her, then she sat in the backseat of the patrol car. Here, she said, Daniel procured lewd exhibition and orally sodomized her through the fly of his pants, with his hands on the car's roof. She also said that Daniel touched her phone. The SANE exam of Jannie Ligons came back negative. No DNA, sperm, or seminal fluid from Daniel was found in or around Ms. Ligons' mouth. No DNA match to Ms. Ligons was found on the fly of his uniform pants. No fingerprints or DNA from Ms. Ligons or Daniel were found on the patrol car's hood or roof to corroborate her claims. No DNA from Daniel was found on her phone, but the DNA from Ms. Ligons and some unknown individual was, showing that DNA does indeed transfer from people to things they touch. No pubic hair or DNA from Daniel was found inside the patrol car, and the surveillance video of the traffic stop, which was too far away to display fine details, showed no wrongdoing. Although the police detectives were investigating a sexual assault, the only evidence they took from Daniel was his uniform pants and belt. Detectives did not even take Daniel's underwear, and they never issued a search warrant for his home, personal car, or phone to obtain evidence which could have been used to help support Daniel's innocence. What the male detective did do is put his bare hand in the evidence bag, which can lead to DNA contamination. Daniel answered all the detectives' questions and asked them to analyze his DNA as quickly as possible so that he could clear his name. Daniel also agreed to take a polygraph test, an offer that the jury was never allowed to hear. Daniel Holtzclaw has maintained his innocence since the very beginning, June 18, 2014, when police detectives first questioned Daniel and claimed, untruthfully, that they had found pubic hairs in his patrol car and had incriminating surveillance video of the traffic stop Daniel performed that morning at the end of his shift. Despite the lack of evidence, and even though Ms. Ligons had no history of criminal convictions or warrants for her arrest and the traffic stop of her car with dark-tinted windows at night could not have resulted from any knowledge that the occupant was African American, police detectives concocted a theory that Daniel targeted African American women with histories of prostitution and drugs such that they would be too afraid to report alleged sexual crimes for fear of not being believed. Police detectives then searched for more accusers by selectively contacting over 40 African American females with histories of prostitution or drug arrests with whom Daniel had interacted during his routine police duties, which often involved intervening in cases of drug use and prostitution in the lower income neighborhood he patrolled.  Any black woman who had been stopped by Daniel because of her drug use or prostitution would have a chance to make allegations against the young police officer who had tried to halt her criminal activities.  ALMOST 98% OF THE INDIVIDUALS QUESTIONED BY DETECTIVES WERE AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALES, showing that detectives, not Daniel, were the ones who targeted black females with criminal histories of prostitution or drug use. Detectives solicited testimony by telling these women that police had received a “tip” that the women “may have been sexually assaulted by a police officer,” which was blatant leading of potential witnesses. In one case, the police detective actually called the officer a "very bad guy" with "lots of victims" before a woman identified him after she first denied seven times that any officer had treated her inappropriately, and she stated, "There's only one officer that I know a few years back: he was a black cop, he used to come around here, and he exposed his self to me." The police department and news media at this time were also broadcasting information about Daniel as a suspect, including showing his face, such that the people in the neighborhood he had patrolled knew he was under suspicion.  In this wrongful manner that encouraged false allegations, the police thus found 10 individuals, including the 17-year-old A.G., who made accusations that were used to charge Daniel with sexual assault.  This gave a total of 13 accusers including the three black women who reported a crime on their own:  the initial female driver (Jannie Ligons, whose allegations were never substantiated), another woman who came forward to claim the officer had sexually assaulted her in the hospital room after she overdosed on PCP (Daniel was found not guilty of her accusations), and a third woman who reported that she had been sexually assaulted but could not positively identify the officer (Daniel was also found not guilty of her accusations).  Seven other individuals, including one man, claimed the officer had sexually assaulted them, but their allegations were deemed too absurd or simply impossible (such as not matching Daniel's work schedule) to result in charges, and they recanted when confronted with evidence that they were lying. One of those individuals, Shaneice Barksdale, admitted in a videotaped police interview that she had made up her allegations to try to help the case and was convicted of falsely reporting a crime (State of Oklahoma v. Shaneice Barksdale, Case No. CM-2015-1413). Research by acclaimed eyewitness expert, Dr. Gary L. Wells, has shown that eyewitnesses' memories of events can be altered by suggestion and positive feedback, often leading to wrongful convictions. The validity of accusers' testimony in Daniel's trial should not have been accepted as fact, not only because of the leading, suggestive manner in which police detectives found accusers until they had a total of thirteen, but also because at least five of the accusers knew each other, and many of the women were using hallucinogenic drugs (cocaine, crack, PCP, marijuana) at the time they alleged Daniel assaulted them, which could cause them to accuse an innocent man of actions he did not commit. Major inconsistencies existed in the accusers' testimony that ruled Daniel out as a suspect. For example, one woman, S.E., stated that her assailant was a short black man who stopped his patrol car in a public park/abandoned school yard, and then raped her for 5-10 minutes. Yet Daniel Holtzclaw is a tall, light-skinned, Japanese American man, and, significantly, the AVL/GPS evidence from Daniel's patrol car shows that it could only have been motionless in the school yard for less than 4 minutes, simply not enough time to do as was alleged. Nevertheless, Daniel was found guilty of her accusations. Another woman, R.G., with multiple felony convictions, said that the officer orally sodomized her on a day when she was getting high off of crack cocaine, and she said she wiped Daniel's alleged secretions from the oral sodomy onto her chair, yet Daniel's DNA was not found on the woman's chair, while the DNA from two other men was. Despite this lack of evidence, Daniel was found guilty of forcible oral sodomy.  We believe the legal system has failed Daniel miserably and a travesty of justice has occurred. You can learn more about the injustices in Daniel's trial by visiting www.HoltzclawTrial.com, a website created by former defense private investigator, Brian Bates, who is now posting online the facts presented in open court that the media did not report. Daniel's sister, Jenny Holtzclaw, has also created a webpage www.justicefordanielholtzclaw.com where donations for Daniel's appeal are gratefully being accepted as well as at www.FreeDanielHoltzclaw.com Please sign our petition urging Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, former Gov. Brad Henry, and Oklahoma news media to investigate the police misconduct and mishandling of Daniel's case that led to his convictions for multiple sexual assaults he did not commit, and respectfully requesting that Governor Fallin grant clemency by exonerating Daniel because he is innocent. Daniel belongs with his family, not in prison for crimes he never committed. Please help right this wrong by signing our petition to free Daniel Holtzclaw. Sincerely and with our deepest gratitude, Daniel's family and friends

Daniel Holtzclaw's Family and Friends
18,296 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Georgia Pardens and Parole board, Lisa Copeland, Homer Bryson, jacquline Bunn, braxton cotton, Crystal Moon, James Mills, Steve Baustin, Rick Jacobs, Georgia Pardon and Paroles Board

The McKee Family Trust; JUSTICE FOR HAKIM

     Request for favorable reconsideration of current Board decision below:                   MCKEE FAMILY TRUST       Comes now, the MCKEE family and community support.  We are at a lost so we decided to petition you members of the Pardons and Paroles Board and other's in support.     We are dissatisfied with the most recent decision you made regarding HAKIM'S parole eligibility, as well as the inadequate counselors performance  at the institution. No one informed Hakim of his right to an appeal nor did anyone secure him with the appeal application this second time around. That was very unprofessional in this type of case "lifer" should be informed and given an appeal from.    We believe that you and your staff may not have had all the pertinent information needed to consider the fact that HAKIM was also a victim in this case.  For that reason we are still trying to understand why are you continuing to cruel and unusually punish him?  Why are you holding him totally responsible for the doings of another mans hands, actions and independent decision making?  This was not and still is not a mystery.  The fact HAKIM was negligently plotted against after the state lost their first trial against actual perpetrator ( Rickey Brown ),  in whom was found not guilty as a result of the state lack of evidence presented.  Ricky Brown had a violent history in fact after he was released he in fact committed another mistakenly murder but the last time it happened to be a four year old little girl.  Even before these two cases Brown been accused of the exact same charges, his history is known for violence. Hakim did not have a violence history, not before or after.    Also, We would point out some factors in the case;  Hakim's conviction was in the event HAKIM did not testify on behalf the state.  See:  Brown v. State 2001.  This was however critical, leaving the state with no other option but to pursue HAKIM as primary target after losing Brown's trial.      * "Just think if it wasn't a perpetrator then there could be no co-defendant" technically. However,  none of the evidence presented pointed directly to HAKIM as perpetrator other than the prejudice evidence that was allowed to be used in exchange for undisclosed (DEAL) agreements. We have those affidavits and  witness as evidence and will present them any time at your request. *This was starting point of HAKIM becoming victimized in this matter.   *Once the state prosecutor sat aside their oath just to secure a conviction, only then Hakim became their primary target.  NOTE:  It is unconstitutional but more or less illegal in an indictment charging party to crime where there are only one set of facts and evidence behind the event.   To prosecute one defendant theory as perpetrator and come back a prosecute other defendant as perpetrator is a illegal issue as a matter of law but it was done in Hakim's case.  The Fulton County District Attorney's Office pursued the case initial a case of intent. Intent to harm, hurt, rob or murder the victim.  The victim was a innocent bystander, there is no way you have fins intent in an in international homicide.  It was from their investigation that they believed defendant (Rickey Brown) to be the perpetrator.  This was because they knew.  Brown was the perpetrator from the original investigation, however, they couldn't convict two people with the exact same theory but evidence only proving there could only be one perpetrator.  That's an illegal matter of law that you are no other authority has ever addressed nor corrected.  Still his conviction stands, and just as the conviction stand it's illegal but yet in still  you would rather hold HAKIM instead of pardon him. Being responsible for another man action where intended victim and codefendant testified on Hakim for a two year negotiated plea agreement; We have those final dispositions and affidavit of Brown revealing agreements. We have submitted this document to the Georgia Parsons and Parole Board and will resend at any request.  The acts of negligence and malicious prosecution aroused when HAKIM was made the primary target and convicted as the perpetrator.  Accordingly to the transcript and records it was impossible for HAKIM to have been the driver and shooter See: McKee v. State 2004. Witnesses testified that Hakim was positively identified as driver. We have affidavits and witnesses in support of Hakim's Hakim defense and will submit them at any request by board. There were other issues such as discovery violations where evidence was with held.  The affidavits of witnesses statements, that states:  " I witness this incident and I in fact gave statements the night of the incident."  Apparently the information was helpful to MCKEE's defense but was undisclosed to his attorney before or during trial process.  We also have those affidavits and witnesses as evidence and will present at any request.    We have continuously petitioned the courts on matters of illegal and Constitutional issues but the illegal matters of law that has yet to be addressed due to the negligence of those in authority.   We are left with no other choice but you.   It's is YOU ( Honorable Broad members) who has the authority to look into this case and if you find there is a matter of question of illegal conviction,  You can pardon the matter. Furthermore,  The MCKEE FAMILY TRUST feels that the decision rendered should be reconsidered based on favorable facts:   He is a first offender,  he has never been into any trouble.  Never on any papers; probation/parole etc.,  Not in (society or prison).  See:  GCIC also Institutional DR records.He has served well over the minimum time required under the statue he was sentenced back in 2002. He has now served 18 years come January 15, 2019.He has taken full responsibility for his involvement and not only states remorse to the families of (both),  and it is obvious he has paid dues to society as he have served nearly 18 years,  17 and some odd months straight. If he is forced to until his next eligibility date which is 01-09-2019 He would served a total of 18 years. He would have invested over half his life in institutions.He has not had a chance.  We believe he deserves a chance to serve as a citizen of our society/community and an opportunity to show himself a responsible productive human being.On a new approach,  he is a better over all decision maker and has taken the effort to make a difference within himself,  even under his circumstances he has kept a positive mental attitude.  He has completed every program afforded to him there before is first parole eligibility date January 2015.  He has served as a mentor to the younger youth generation there.  He has also assisted by aiding A.B.E and G.E.D.  in helping others obtain their General Education Diplomacy at Telfair State Prison for De. R. W. Spaulding.  In his most recent achievement he received 960 hours O.J.T. for Barbara cosmetology.    There is so much more,  I could go on and on with the productivity he has involved himself in.  I can assure you HAKIM is very much aware that he made a big mistake the day he decided to pick this guy (BROWN) up and have him a ride around in his car. I will share with you this:  The MCKEE family and our community are for HAKIM. We supports him 100%.  We have deal with the unfair judgement of his case i.e.  (him being wrongful accused and convicted of a murder).  For 17 plus years we have hired attorney after attorney seeking the proper course of help.  HAKIM have even went to the extent of representing himself in his most recent petition to the court's state Habeas Corpus Petition.  For them same 17 years HAKIM has had to watched from behind prison walls his only child be born and grow into a young man without his father.  For those same 17 years he had to watch the family go through changes,  grow,  pass but most importantly was his father's separation and the fact of the institution not allowing him to attend the ceremonial/burial.  He says that was the most painful experience of all event's that has occurred during his incarceration but his exact words:  "losing a life is a painful experience but it can't compare to having ones life ultimately destroyed due to false accusations that leads to a wrongful conviction.   We as a whole have become exhausted of our trust in a system that is supposed to serve justice for all yet in still they have serve such devastated unjust.  We've exhausted our time and energy.  WE WANT CHANGE! WE WANT JUSTICE! WE WANT HAKIM HOME SOON!!! We are dissatisfied with the way you all are continuing to allow this to go on but we will not STOP until he is granted a chance.  We will support and see him free,  on his feet,  on his own accord doing what responsible citizens does. It is unfair that we have allowed a man that was victimized by circumstances to be incarcerated for so many years.  We have not just taken him away from society but we continue to see him suffer and do nothing to help better the matter.  The MCKEE Family Trust have and will continue to work hard in making HAKIM's parole a reality.  We have HAKIM line up all types of support that cater to reentry or readjusting to society.  They have made it their business to get HAKIM in regular routine with everyday life and the community affairs (youth centers schools etc).  We have several support groups that have agreed to help us. One of the most prestigious groups is National Action Network. There are also Life after Incarceration and another one is called Giving Back to Human and the Delancey Street Foundation.  There are several others.  These programs are for ex felons who has been incarcerated for a long period of time.   We, the family, friends, mentor, Chaplin Hakim's fiancee all have either mail, email or fax letters over to you or your office individually.  Hakim's written you at the minimum ten letters himself, he has even went to the extent of writing the victim family and the district attorney's office. He has written the transitional centers and the Director Mr. Fountain over them.     If you believe in your system and what it was designed for,  then it's time you help support a good cause.  Help us see HAKIM home soon.       we want justice and we asking you to please come together in support of a rightful cause, let's see Hakim home.    MCKEE FAMILY TRUST RESPECTFULLY PETITION FOR MERCY

Paulette Mckee
3,350 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Help free an innocent man who has been incarcerated since 2006.. Ryan Mickey is innocent!!

Ryan Mickey has been incarcerated since February 6, 2006 for a crime he did not commit. The entire situation was blown completely out of proportion by both the Murrieta police and the District Attorney. They took a heroic act and turned it into what they wanted it to be.   The mother of this child, Jennifer Bradley, was beaten by her former husband, Nicholas Bradley, when she was five months pregnant. This beating created a brain injury in the unborn child. As a result of this same brain injury Kerianne Bradley ultimately lost her life. And Ryan has lost his life for desperately trying to save Kerrianne. The police took the injuries that resulted from Ryan performing cpr for 25 minutes and twisted them, created a story they would sell as “fact” to newspapers, labeling Ryan in their own light as they wanted. When in fact they withheld critical evidence that would explain exactly what was occurring with this child and put Ryan in the public’s eye as a hero, instead of the picture of Ryan that they created. Police and a Prosecutors investigator, were caught lying on the stand. Saying one thing, and then being presented with their own reports or evidence completely contradicting what they had just got done testifying to! They knew for over the last week prior to her death Kerrianne was violently ill. She was vomiting constantly even in her sleep, without waking, sleeping extensively and not eating. Karrianns Grandmother, Denise Pou, stated that Kerrianne had strange spots all over her face and wasn’t responding to sunlight shinning in her eyes. These spots, which are called “Petechia” is what happens when something has hemorrhaged. In Kerriannes case the blood vessels in her brain. This occurred days before Ryan was even around. Kerrianne was taken to the doctors as a result of her worsening condition two days before she went into respiratory distress. She was misdiagnosed as having the flu and sent home. None of this information was given to doctors evaluating Kerianne. The doctors were told by police that Kerrianne was perfectly fine until she was with Ryan. So ultimately, the doctors said Ryan must be the one responsible. When in actuality there was a prior brain injury from the time of her birth that reopened 3 to 7 days prior to Ryan even being around. This information was swept under the rug by police and prosecutors. This information and all medical information found by prosecutor’s doctors did nothing but explain exactly what was going on with this poor child and clear Ryan of any wrong doing. All Ryan did was the right thing and because of that he had his life taken from him due to corrupt police and a corrupt system. Ryan performed CPR for 25 minutes until paramedics arrived. But it was to no avail, she passed away the next afternoon. And finally, the judge prohibited key pieces of exculpatory evidence that also may have swayed the jury’s findings. In addition, the jury had made their decision of innocence on the murder charges, but was hung 3 times on the lesser charges. The judge insisted on a verdict, the jury had deliberated for over 3 weeks and were hung. Finally, the judge gave the jury incorrect instructions on the lesser charges that gave them no choice but to find him guilty. Believe what you will, newspaper reporters do not investigate the truth, they print what the District Attorney hands them. Believe what you will, but the police do not try to get to the truth. They shape and mold the evidence to fit the scenario that they create…not what really happened. Believe what you will, but the District attorney would rather sensationalize a case with lies and fabrications in order to further his or her career rather than actually find the truth. In February 2010 Ryan Mickey was found guilty of a “Special Allegation” for injuries that occurred as a result of frantic life saving efforts preformed improperly by Ryan. These injuries were the result of CPR preformed on a child. This charge carries a sentence of 25 years to life. Ryan Mickey is innocent and should be set free! Please visit and leave a comment on his website at: www.ryanmickeyisinnocent.com

Lindsy Mickey
683 supporters