Oklahoma police have had a rough time lately. Recently, Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw was accused of raping eight African-American women over a five month period. His arrest led to white-wing racists raising money for his defense as mounting evidence pointed to “guilty.” The fundraising effort was shut down by GoFundMe, leaving supporters vowing to find a service that would accept their view that the officer is innocent as his lawyer fought to lower his $5 million bond. Holtzclaw’s bond was lowered by 90 percent, and he was eventually released from prison.
Another member of law enforcement, Gerald Nuckolls, was recently arrested after two women claimed he sexually assaulted them while on duty. According to the Huffington Post,
The report alleges that Nuckolls pulled one of women inside his patrol SUV and eventually exposed his genitals to her. The woman said she began rubbing the officer’s genitals because he told her that it would keep her boyfriend out of jail.
Nuckolls then got out of the SUV and asked a second woman at the house asked if she had drugs inside, according to the report. The woman gave Nuckolls permission to search her residence and he found nothing. She told detectives that Nuckolls urinated near her garage and then went inside the garage with her, making small talk.
Nuckolls asked the woman about her tattoos and if she was wearing a bra, and then reached up and pulled her dress down, according to the report.
The woman said she pulled her dress up as Nuckolls began to touch his genitals. She said she told him she wanted to leave and go back inside and that Nuckolls said he would return when his shift ended at 8 a.m.
The report says Nuckolls told detectives who interviewed him that “he has a problem for pretty women” and that “sexual type activity has occurred” during encounters with about six women on traffic stops or calls.
How can women prevent themselves from being sexually assaulted by officers on duty? One Oklahoma Highway Patrol official has the solution: “Follow the law.”
“There are certain situations where we do that,” Capt. George Brown told KJRH. “If someone doesn’t have a driver’s license on their person. We asked for an ID or driver’s license, if they can’t provide it, rather than stand outside the car writing [a ticket], which puts us in a bad location, we may ask a female back to the car so we can get her information.”
“The captain says anything that happens inside a troopers car is videotaped, and he says that supervisors do review those tapes,” the anchor continued. “He says the best tip that he can give is to follow the law in the first place so you don’t get pulled over.”
Watch a report from KJRH, below:
h/t: Raw Story