Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who is accused of raping at least eight African-American women, is back on the streets. Holtzclaw, who has been charged with two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy, four counts of indecent exposure, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking, was released from the Oklahoma County Jail on Friday after posting his newly-lowered $500,000 bond (originally $5 million).
Holtzclaw is still on paid leave from the Oklahoma City Police Department, is on house arrest at his parents’ home as a condition of his bond, with travel permission to and from his lawyer’s office in downtown Oklahoma City.
“We are extremely happy to have him out and now Daniel will have the opportunity to work closely with his attorney, Scott Adams, on his legal defense,” said his sister Jenny Holtzclaw, who organized a fundraiser to line her brother’s coffers in the same manner as Michael Brown’s killer’s supporters did for him. “Daniel vigorously denies any sexual misconduct and is looking forward to his day in court. Please respect his family’s privacy during these difficult times.”
GoFundMe shuttered Holtzclaw’s fundraiser after numerous complaints from concerned citizens. “Given the sheer volume of campaigns, each review is handled on a case-by-case basis. In this particular case, GoFundMe determined that the fundraising campaign titled ‘Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw’ will be removed from the site,” the company said in a statement.
Watch a report on Holtzclaw’s predicament, below: