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Beyond One Cop, One Case, One Conviction - Andrea J. Ritchie

22.1.16

Beyond One Cop, One Case, One Conviction - Andrea J. Ritchie: Both the Holtzclaw and Maga�a cases are consistent with patterns identified by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, academics, former law enforcement agents, feminist researchers, human rights organizations, and grassroots organizers. Sadly, the experiences of the Black women who had the courage to come forward to testify against Holtzclaw, while unique to them, are also all too similar to those I have uncovered over the past two decades in my research, advocacy and litigation focused on policing of Black women and LGBTQ people and women and LGBTQ people of color. And their stories all too similar to stories I have heard in countless workshops, know your rights trainings and public forums – stories that, like theirs, rarely see the light of day, command national headlines, or animate our organizing.

The Holtzclaw case highlights the systemic nature of police sexual violence, and the need for a systemic response – not only from law enforcement agencies and the federal government, but also from police accountability movements, civil rights organizations, churches, and women’s anti-violence groups. Sexual violence at the hands of state actors – from colonial armies to slave patrols to Jim Crow police to the present – has been a consistent weapon of race-based police brutality since 1492, playing out against a legal and social context in which the rape of Black women wasn’t even a crime for a significant period of this nation’s history.


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