Jury Convicts Former Police Officer Charles Schwarz of Perjury But Deadlocks On More Serious Charges

July 17, 2002

A federal jury on Tuesday convicted former police officer Charles Schwarz of perjury, but deadlocked on the more serious charges.

Schwarz is accused of leading Haitian immigrant Abner Louima to a precinct bathroom and holding him down while Officer Justin Volpe raped Louima with a broomstick.

Schwarz was earlier found guilty of helping Volpe commit the assault, and with obstruction of justice. But a federal appeals court overturned the charges.

Now, a jury has found Schwarz guilty of lying when he denied he had led Louima to the bathroom where the assault took place. But the jurors said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on whether Schwarz also lied about being present in the bathroom, or on charges of conspiring to deprive Louima of his civil rights.

The jury was comprised of nine whites, two blacks and one person of Middle Eastern descent.


  • Herb Boyd, national editor at the Black World Today and the author of nine books, including Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America. Boyd teaches African and African American history at the College of New Rochelle in Manhattan.

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