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Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, accused of sexual assault by 13 different women, and who prosecutors said targeted women of color (especially drug addicts, alcoholics, and sex workers, because he thought no one would believe them if they reported him) has been found guilty on 18 of the 36 counts he was facing, including four counts of first-degree rape.

In his closing arguments, BuzzFeed News reports, Holtzclaw’s defense lawyer Scott Adams said that Holtzclaw was an “honorable and ethical police officer.”

“He was aggressive, he was vigilant, and he was honest,” Adams said. “Without people like Daniel Holtzclaw patrolling the streets, what are we?” According to BuzzFeed, a woman in the gallery responded: “Safe.”

Last month, an Associated Press investigation found that, between 2009 and 2014, nearly 1,000 police officers nationwide were either decertified or lost their badges for crimes like rape, sexual shakedowns, and possession of child pornography.

The jury recommended a total sentence of 263 years for Holtzclaw. His formal sentencing is set for January.

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