December 14, 1999 |
A white former police officer was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for torturing a Haitian immigrant with a broken broomstick in one of the most shocking acts of police brutality New York has ever seen. Justin Volpe, 27, who pleaded guilty to violating the victim's civil rights, could have gotten life without parole for the 1997 attack. "I hurt many people. I was and still am ashamed. . . . I am extremely sorry," Volpe told U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson.
December 2, 1999 |
New York City police stop and search disproportionately more blacks and Latino than whites, according to statistics released Wednesday that appeared to confirm a long-held perception among minority residents. The study, commissioned by New York State Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer after a public debate over last February's killing of an unarmed African immigrant in a barrage of 41 police bullets, found that one "stop and frisk" out of seven did not meet the legal definition of "reasonable suspicion."
October 25, 1999 |
Alton White still remembers what apologetic New York police officers said when they set him free: He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. On a hot July afternoon, the black star of "Ragtime" on Broadway was arrested in the lobby of his Harlem apartment building, along with five other men. Police were looking for several males suspected of dealing drugs, but they handcuffed everyone in the vestibule and took them down to the local precinct for questioning.
September 25, 1999 |
A construction worker was convicted of punching a New York City police horse in the nose during a 1998 labor union rally. Jimmy Hornacek, 35, of Hazlet, N.J., faces up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine or a year's probation when he is sentenced Nov. 9 in Manhattan Criminal Court. Hornacek was accused of hitting the horse twice during the rally of 40,000 construction workers that turned violent in Manhattan.
September 1, 1999 |
The fatal shooting by New York City police of a man alleged to have hit a sergeant with a hammer brought a fresh round of criticism Tuesday for a department already accused of brutality in several cases. Police responding to a complaint at a Brooklyn apartment fired about a dozen bullets Monday night at 31-year-old Gideon Basch, striking him in the torso several times and killing him.
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June 26, 1999 |
The imam of the mosque where Malcolm X once preached has been appointed the first Muslim chaplain of the New York Police Department. Izak-El M. Pasha, 48, will serve the NYPD for free because his religious beliefs prevent him from receiving compensation. The department has six other chaplains who are Catholic, Jewish and Protestant.
June 22, 1999 |
Two plainclothes police officers were indicted Monday on federal charges of lying to authorities investigating the torture of a Haitian immigrant in a police station bathroom. Rolando Aleman, 28, and Francisco Rosario, 34, were decorated members of the roving Street Crime Unit who were booking a gun suspect at the precinct at the time of the assault on Abner Louima on Aug. 9, 1997. During questioning, they "repeatedly lied and misled the federal government about what they saw in the station house that morning," said prosecutor Alan Vingrad.
June 9, 1999 |
Concluding a landmark police violence case, a New York officer was convicted Tuesday of holding a Haitian immigrant down in a precinct bathroom while another officer tortured him with a broomstick. But a federal jury acquitted three other officers charged in the explosive case.
June 5, 1999 |
The first day of jury deliberations in the Abner Louima police brutality case ended without a verdict. The jury, which is deciding whether four police officers violated Louima's civil rights by beating him or by covering up the crime, will return Monday to resume deliberations. Officer Charles Schwarz is accused of violating Louima's civil rights by holding him down in a Brooklyn station house while Officer Justin Volpe sodomized him with a broom handle.
June 4, 1999 |
Defense lawyers for officers accused in the beating of a Haitian immigrant accused prosecutors Thursday of using the improper actions of one cop to paint a portrait of widespread police abuse that does not exist. The case "was not about a culture of police brutality. . . . It was about one sick, depraved individual and the acts he committed," said lawyer Stephen Worth in his closing argument.