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StoryAugust 14, 1997
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Donald Barlett

investigative journalist and Vanity Fair contributing editor.

James Steele

investigative journalist and Vanity Fair contributing editor.


A 25-year-old New York police officer was charged last night with assaulting and brutalizing a Haitian immigrant in a Brooklyn station house bathroom after arresting him outside a nightclub. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that other officers might also be arrested.

Abner Louima, 33, told investigators that police officers beat him in the police cruiser and then bathroom in the of 70th Precinct station house, where they subjected him to racial slurs and sodomized him. Taped statements: • Casilda Roper Simpson, the attorney for Abner Louima. • Richie Perez, of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, and advocacy and research group based in New York City.

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