Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, center, cries as he is led from the courtroom after the verdicts were read for the charges against him at the Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Holtzclaw was convicted of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood.

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The lawsuit is seeking $750,000 and alleges that the city failed to properly supervise Holtzclaw.

Taylor Lewis
Dec, 16, 2015

Seven of the 13 Black women assaulted by former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw are moving forward with a civil lawsuit that seeks $750,000 in damages.

The Associated Press reports that a team of attorneys filed a motion to lift a stay that had kept the women from moving forward with their lawsuit, which accuses the city of negligence in its hiring and supervision of Holtzclaw. A judge has not responded to the women’s request.

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Over the course of multiple months, 13 Black women came forward accusing the 29-year-old former officer of rape and sexual assault. Last week, a jury found Holtzclaw guilty on 18 of the 36 charges against him and recommended 263 years in prison. Final sentencing will take place next month.

An Oklahoma City sheriff told a local news station that Holtzclaw is being held at the Oklahoma City Jail and is on suicide watch.