"Police Brutality in the United States." Lots of details, deals primarily with New York City and the Abner Louima case and racial motivation

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During the late hours of August 9, 1997 (Human), a fight broke out just outside of a Brooklyn nightclub. The New York City Police were dispatched to the scene, and several individuals who were involved were arrested and taken to jail. To many, this seems like a daily occurrence?a fight breaks out, and the police come and arrest those involved. At first glance, this seemed like an all-too-common event. When things like these do occur, we as citizens believe that a night in jail and a few charges is all that will be brought against these people. To a man by the name of Abner Louima, however, this is not what happened. New York police officer Justin Volpe, believed that he was assaulted by Mr. Louima during the arrest, and sought revenge against him. Later that evening, after being allegedly beaten by several officers on the way to the station, Officer Volpe sodomized Abner Louima with a broken broomstick in a bathroom at the 70th precinct station in Brooklyn (Albanese).

Louima was severely injured during the incident and spent two weeks in the hospital suffering several major internal injuries, including a ruptured bladder and colon. What happened that night to Mr. Louima was immediately brought to the attention of the public by the media, and much debate was spawned. The public was outraged that something of this caliber occurred, and the minorities made accusations of "racial profiling." Having suffered this inhumane treatment, Abner Louima quickly filed a lawsuit against the New York City government and the union representing the New York Police Department claiming officers conspired to create a "blue wall of silence and lies to obstruct justice." (Human) His civil rights suit accused police and the Police Benevolent Association officials of condoning an "environment in which the most...