Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting women he encountered while on patrol in neighborhoods near the state Capitol, is pictured in a courtroom during a hearing on whether to cut his bond from $5 million to $139,000, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Where is Daniel Holtzclaw?

Last December, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was convicted of raping and sexually abusing black women while on duty. This month, seven victims filed a civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages from Holtzclaw and city officials.

Here’s the problem: the victims can’t find Holtzclaw. In order to move forward with the law suit, the plaintiffs need to serve all defendants with a copy of the complaint. But, according to For Harriet and the Associated Press, prison officials won’t tell them where Holtzclaw is. Three victims who brought a separate lawsuit earlier this year successfully served Holtzclaw while he was in an Oklahoma maximum security prison, but he has since been moved to a prison out of state due to safety concerns.

A spokesperson for the Oklahoma prison system told the AP that Holtzclaw’s lawyers and the state’s Department of Corrections are “going to work it out.” Oh, ok.


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Alexandra Brodsky was a senior editor at Feministing.com. During her four years at the site, she wrote about gender violence, reproductive justice, and education equity and ran the site's book review column. She is now a Skadden Fellow at the National Women's Law Center and also serves as the Board Chair of Know Your IX, a national student-led movement to end gender violence, which she co-founded and previously co-directed. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she is the co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project: 57 Visions of a Wildly Better Future. She has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice at campuses across the country and on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ESPN, and NPR.

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