Photos: Cases of Police Brutality

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Abner Louima

In August 1997, police beat Haitian immigrant Abner Louima with nightsticks and sodomized him with a toilet plunger handle, after one of the police officers, responding to a club fight, thought Louima “sucker-punched” him. In 1999, the officer, Justin Volpe, was sentenced to 30 years in prison over the incident. Another officer who helped in the assault was sentenced to 15 years. In 2001, the city of New York awarded its largest police brutality settlement to Louima for $8.75 million.

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