New York 1 News

February 28, 2000

Closing Arguments Heard in Second Abner Louima Trial

Jurors in Brooklyn heard closing arguments in the second Abner Louima police torture case Monday. Summations began Monday morning with the prosecution saying former NYPD officers Charles Schwarz and Justin Volpe became the "judge, jury and executioner" in the 70th Precinct stationhouse bathroom. Diallo was beaten and sodomized with a stick in the stationhouse bathroom in August of 1997. On Monday, prosecutors used strong words to recreate the events surrounding the attack, and tried to hammer home their contention that Schwarz and officers Thomas Bruder and Thomas Weise "concocted a story" to hide Schwarz's role in the bathroom assault. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Resnick reiterated the prosecution's belief that Schwarz held Louima down while Justin Volpe assaulted him, and prosecutors say Schwarz took the stand and told "a ridiculous story" about what happened. Last Thursday, Schwarz returned to the stand to be questioned again by lawyers. Schwarz once again said he had nothing to do with the attack, adding he wasn't even in the bathroom where Louima was tortured and beaten by former officer Justin Volpe. Schwarz added he did not know about the attack until he heard about it on NY1. Defense attorneys also began their closing arguments Monday, and will finish on Tuesday. The jury could get the case as early as tomorrow afternoon. Schwarz, Wiese and Bruder are charged with trying to cover up the attack on Louima.