Louima’s Back in Town

Written by Becca Tucker on . Posted in Politics, Posts.


At 7:30 p.m. tonight, Al Sharpton—joined by Abner Louima and other victims of police brutality—will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Louima attack at the National Action Network at 106 West 145th Street at Lenox Avenue.

Louima, now 40, lives in Florida with his family on the $8.75 million he received from the largest police brutality settlement in New York City’s history. The Haitain immigrant told the Daily News he still has nightmares and sometimes starts shaking when he sees police officers. Justin Volpe, the officer who sodomized Louima with a nightstick, is in a Federal Correctional Institute in Minnesota until 2025.

The Louima attack came on the heels of the fatal police shooting of a 23-year-old Guinean immigrant, Amadou Diallo, in the Bronx in 1999. In 2000, Haitain immigrant Patrick Dorsimond, 25, was shot to death by undercovers in Midtown Manhattan. Nicole Paultre-Bell, the wife of Sean Bell, a 23-year-old black man shot and killed by plainclothes detectives in 2006 on the day of his wedding, is expected to attend tonight’s event. Last year, Louima attended a rally for Sean Bell.

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