July 13, 2001 |
Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant tortured with a broken broomstick in a police station bathroom in 1997, received an $8.7-million settlement in one of the nation's most notorious police brutality cases. "I don't really see myself as a rich man," Louima said. "I see myself as someone who's lucky to be alive and able to see some justice." The settlement came after months of tense negotiations with the city and its police union. Louima was arrested four years ago outside a Brooklyn nightclub.
March 23, 2001 |
The city has approved a $9-million settlement with a Haitian immigrant who was tortured in a police station, seeking to close an ugly chapter in the history of the nation's largest police department. Under the tentative deal, Abner Louima would receive payment from the city and the Police Benevolent Assn. but would drop his demand that the New York Police Department changes how it deals with officers accused of abuse, sources close to the case said Thursday. Mayor Rudolph W.
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.
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.
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.