OKLAHOMA CITY — Chanting by protesters outside the courthouse Tuesday briefly interrupted a fifth accuser in the sex-crimes trial of a fired Oklahoma City police officer.

A diverse group of about 100 men and women stood outside the Oklahoma County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, shouting “We want life!” in reference to the possible prison sentence of the former officer, Daniel Ken Holtzclaw. He is on trial on allegations that he sexually abused 13 black women while he was a police officer.

Grace Franklin, a founder of OKC Artists for Justice, led one chant about 10:30 a.m., shouting, “We believe you! … Black women matter! … All women matter!” The protesters loudly repeated what she chanted.

Holtzclaw, 28, of Oklahoma City is charged with 36 counts, including six counts of first-degree rape. The sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred between December 2013 and June 2014. He denies the allegations.


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