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Date: Fri, 29 Aug 1997 07:22:59 -0700
To: believer@telepath.com
From: Paul Andrew Mitchell [address in tool bar]
Subject: SLS: Beaten Haitian's Condition Worsens

Okay, everyone, how about some "political" action, 
to raise consciousness about Mr. Louima plight?

You can choose between a toilet plunger,
and/or a garden rake.  Make sure they both
have wooden handles.

Buy one, or both, break it over your knee,
and send both ends, with sharp splinters
protruding, to the Mayor of New York City.

I think he will get the point.

If we were using the Old Testament to guide our
conduct, it would be:

  "A plunge for a plunge."


I endorse the New Testament, however.

/s/ Paul Mitchell

At 09:14 AM 8/29/97 -0500, you wrote:
>>From the New York Times:
>August 29, 1997
>Condition of Haitian in Beating Case Is Said
>to Worsen
>      NEW YORK -- The medical condition of Abner Louima, the Haitian
>      immigrant who has said he was brutalized by police officers in a
>Brooklyn precinct house, took a sharp turn for the worse on Thursday, and
>he was to undergo further surgery Thursday night. 
>After Louima spent Wednesday night vomiting and suffering intense
>abdominal pain, Brooklyn Hospital changed his condition report from stable
>to critical. A member of his circle of advisers said he was ''in bad shape." 
>At a news conference at the hospital early Thursday evening, Dr. Albert
>Duncan, the chairman of the department of surgery, said that "right now, it
>would be hard to speculate on his long-term condition." One problem doctors
>were grappling with was a blocked intestine caused by adhesions from the
>healing of his internal wounds. 
>Police officers in the 70th Precinct, prosecutors have charged, tortured
>Louima, 30, in the bathroom of the station house, ramming a wooden stick
>up his rectum and causing severe internal injuries to his intestines and
>Louima's family, friends and lawyers rushed to the hospital when they
>received word of his worsening condition. His wife, Micheline, was seen
>leaving the hospital teary-eyed to get a bite to eat, but she would not speak
>to waiting reporters. 
>Elaine Parisien, a Haitian woman visiting a friend at the hospital, said she
>saw Louima as he was being wheeled back to his room. "He was sleeping
>and tired and looked very sick," she said. 
>Ms. Parisien hugged Louima's wife in the hospital corridor. ''I give her my
>support. I hold her. She makes me cry myself," Ms. Parisien said. 
>Louima's faltering condition also put off a longed-for reunion with his
>daughter, Abnia Samantha, whom he has not seen in the seven years since
>he fled Haiti. 
>The child was scheduled to arrive at Kennedy International Airport around 9
>p.m. Thursday night, even as Louima was in the operating room. Sanford
>Rubenstein, one of Louima's lawyers, said that Louima had told him his
>daughter's journey strengthened him. 
>"It makes my heart feel better," Rubenstein quoted Louima as saying. 
>Louima was arrested in a street scuffle that began with a fight between two
>women in a crowd outside a Flatbush nightclub early in the morning of Aug.
>9. It took four days for the story to reach the public, but when it did, it
>shocked the city. 
>On Friday, Haitian leaders are planning to march from Grand Army Plaza in
>Brooklyn to City Hall in Manhattan to protest police brutality. Several
>thousand participants are expected. 
>Police Officer Justin Volpe has been charged by the Brooklyn district
>attorney's office with wielding the stick in the attack on Louima, and
>Charles Schwarz has been accused of holding him down during the assault.
>The two, along with Officers Thomas Wiese and Thomas Bruder, are also
>accused of beating Louima in the patrol car on the way to the station house.
>The police said on Thursday that the detective who bungled the initial
>telephone call in the case had been transferred from the Internal Affairs
>Bureau to the 60th Precinct in Brooklyn. The police initially said that the
>first call telling of the beating came at about 3:55 on the afternoon of Aug.
>11. But Commissioner Howard Safir has since conceded that a review of
>audio tapes showed that a call came in earlier, at about 9:30 on Saturday
>night, Aug. 10, and was "handled improperly." 
>The police said the detective received sufficient information, but failed
to log
>the call and give it a case number, which would have triggered an
>Louima's lawyers have charged that the delay allowed the attackers to hide
>or destroy crucial evidence. Investigators now say the instrument used in
>the torture may have been a broom or mop handle rather than the toilet
>plunger originally described. 
>Lawyers for Louima said on Thursday that Johnnie Cochran, who won
>widespread attention during the O.J. Simpson trial, would join their team
in a
>multimillion-dollar damage suit against the city. 
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