$8.7M Deal Reached in Louima Suit
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Abner Louima, who was tortured in a police station bathroom in 1997 in one of the most notorious brutality cases in city history, will receive $8.7 million in a settlement announced Thursday.
The settlement was finalized in Brooklyn federal court after months of negotiations between attorneys for Louima and those for the city and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said Louima family lawyer Sanford Rubenstein. The association is the police officers’ union.
``It’s been a long, arduous effort that’s finally produced a settlement,″ Rubenstein said.
The city was expected to cover $7.1 million of the total _ the most it has ever paid to a police brutality victim.