Remember Kids, The Only Good Cop Is A Dead Cop

Abner Loumia

The assault on Abner Louima involved the officers "shoving a wooden stick into his rectum and mouth while his hands were handcuffed behind his back." Louima suffered a torn bladder and intestine and required several surgeries to repair the damage.

$8.75 million settlement over police brutality - "I hope that in the future that it puts police brutality to rest and there will be no more victims," said Abner Louima. The agreement was the largest police brutality settlement in New York City history. The City of New York will pay $7.125 million of the settlement cost and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA) will pay $1.625 million of the cost. Louima was arrested in a brawl outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997. He was handcuffed and taken to the station house of Brooklyn's 70th Precinct. Officer Justin Volpe sodomized Louima with a broken broomstick. He pleaded guilty and is serving 30 years. A jury found another officer, Charles Schwarz, guilty of pinning Louima down during the assault; 4 other officers were convicted of lying to authorities. Louima sued for $155 million in 1998, claiming officers conspired to create a "blue wall of silence and lies to obstruct justice."

A federal grand jury indictment handed up a 12 count indictment on February 27, 1998 against 5 New York police officers, accused of assaulting Abner Louima in the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn on August 9, 1997. The investigation of the Louima incident was conducted by the US Attorney's Office, the FBI and the Internal Affairs department of the NYPD.