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.
June 3, 1999 |
The patrolman who confessed to torturing a Haitian immigrant in a police station bathroom "was the driving force" behind the attack, but he had help from four other officers, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Federal prosecutor Alan Vinegrad reminded the jury during closing arguments in the four officers' trial that patrolman Justin Volpe, who pleaded guilty midway through the trial, did not act alone.
June 2, 1999 |
Defense lawyers for the remaining four New York police officers accused in the beating of a Haitian immigrant rested Tuesday after none of the defendants chose to testify in the racially charged case. Attorneys for defendants Charles Schwarz, Thomas Bruder, Thomas Wiese and Michael Bellomo renewed motions to have the case thrown out because of insufficient evidence. U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson denied the motions. Closing arguments were expected today.
May 27, 1999 |
The judge in the city's police torture case rejected motions for a mistrial and told the jury that the trial will go on without the officer who pleaded guilty the day before. U.S. District Judge Eugene Nickerson told jurors that Justin Volpe's plea of guilty to violating the civil rights of a Haitian immigrant shouldn't be used as evidence against the remaining four officers charged.
May 26, 1999 |
For a few minutes, the old bravado flickered on his face. Officer Justin Volpe was laughing Tuesday with his lawyers, just before he pleaded guilty to beating and torturing a Haitian immigrant with a broomstick in a Brooklyn police station. But reality sunk in as Volpe approached the bench: He grew ashen-faced when reminded that he could get life in prison for one of the most sadistic acts of police violence ever to be tried in a U.S. courtroom.
May 22, 1999 |
In a hushed courtroom, the burly New York police sergeant looked squarely at Officer Justin Volpe and took a deep breath. Then he recalled how the cop had bragged about brutalizing a Haitian immigrant with a broomstick in the bathroom of a Brooklyn police station. Earlier, a detective told jurors that Volpe, his uniform in disarray, had walked the handcuffed Haitian security guard into the bathroom, wildly waving a broken stick.
May 21, 1999 |
Another policeman came forward Thursday to testify that Officer Justin Volpe brazenly showed off the stick prosecutors say he used to torture a Haitian immigrant in a station house restroom. Taking the stand at the federal trial of five policemen, Officer Michael Schoer said Volpe taunted him by putting the end of a soiled stick in front of his face. Volpe told him that human excrement was on the stick, Schoer said.
May 18, 1999 |
A policeman testifying in the trial of five fellow New York City officers charged in the alleged sexual torture and beating of a Haitian immigrant said Monday that the officer accused of carrying out the attack returned borrowed gloves that had been stained with blood.