OKC City Council approves $25K settlement to woman who says Daniel Holtzclaw used excessive force against her

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OKLAHOMA CITY - On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council voted unanimously to approve a $25,000 settlement for an excessive force lawsuit against former OKC Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

This stems from a woman’s claims that he physically assaulted her while on duty in 2013.

The plaintiff, Demetria Campbell, alleged in her lawsuit that in 2013 Holtzclaw pushed her and hit her face against a brick wall outside of a restaurant. All of this, while he was on duty.

"She actually went to the hospital and she was interviewed. He was interviewed and he was exonerated in the proper use of force," said Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.

Chief Citty says it all started because Campbell was in a car fitting the description of one that was stolen.

Representatives for Campbell presented documentation for $14,000 worth of medical expenses they say were associated with the incident.

Holtzclaw was convicted in 2015 for numerous sex crimes against women in the city in which he was hired to serve.

"This case was not one of those," Citty said. "It was not involved. There was no sexual assault or any kind of allegations with that. It was primarily a use of force."

Citty says there was no punishment for Holtzclaw then because he was actually exonerated at the time.

"There were no findings of any misconduct based on her initial interview and based on his," Citty said.

Some may wonder if this is now coming to light because of his conviction for those separate cases.

"I'm not going to speculate on that," Citty said. "She felt like there were some similarities for some reason and filed a lawsuit, but it's primarily a use of force issue."

Some concerns were expressed before this decision was made.

"I believe that $25,000 is a slap in the face and a joke to what this lady deserves," said Michael Washington during the meeting.

But ultimately, the council approved the settlement.

Chief Citty says he expects there will be more settlements connected to Holtzclaw. However, he says they will likely be for the victims of Holtzclaw's sexual assault cases.

On Wednesday, Holtzclaw's family sent News 4 a statement, which read in part:

"Taxpayers should be outraged by Oklahoma City's cowardly payoff to an opportunist exploiting our son and brother's wrongful convictions. Demetria Campbell and her lawyers came forward only after the unjust verdicts in Daniel's case to cash in on phony claims of excessive use of force and improper conduct that allegedly occurred in 2013, in response to a 911 call over a stolen vehicle. The city's own descriptions of Campbell's claims include 'outrageous,' 'opportunistic,' and 'too inconsistent to be true' - descriptions that also fit all of the accusers that prosecutors brought to the 2015 trial that led to Daniel's unconscionable imprisonment for crimes of which he is 100 percent innocent."


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