"He just picked the wrong lady to stop that night." That's what 59-year-old grandmother Jannie Ligons says of the June 18, 2014, traffic stop in which Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex, reports NBC News. "I was afraid for my life. I kept begging, 'Please sir, don't make me do this,'" Ligons adds, per the Washington Post. "All I could think was that he was going to shoot me, he was going to kill me." Ligons afterward went to police, followed by other victims, many of whom had criminal records. They told detectives Holtzclaw raped them after threatening to arrest them on outstanding warrants or for petty crimes. Holtzclaw, charged with raping 13 black women while on duty, was convicted of four counts of rape (as well as 14 other counts) Thursday. He's staring at as many as 260 years.
Holtzclaw's crimes stretched from late 2013 until the night he pulled over Ligons. But documents appear to show that the Oklahoma City police sex crimes unit began investigating him on May 8, 2014, reports the Guardian. A lawsuit Ligons has filed against a "negligent" Oklahoma City argues the department "left him working as a police officer without supervision or monitoring." The investigation eventually found five of 13 alleged incidents involving Holtzclaw occurred after May 8. One woman actually reported a sexual assault by a police officer on May 24, while Ligons' lawsuit alleges another woman reported an assault linked to Holtzclaw as early as November 2013. "The City was aware of some, if not all the assaults, weeks prior to the plaintiff's assault," the lawsuit reads. Ligons, who says she needed therapy and suffered a stroke after the assault, is suing for $75,000. (Read more Oklahoma City stories.)