ABNER LOUIMA AND JOHNNIE COCHRAN AFTER SETTLEMENT OF CIVIL LAWSUIT.
Haitian immigrant Abner Louima (L) whispers to his lawyer Johnnie
Cochran during a press conference in New York July 12, 2001, after a
federal magistrate approved a settlement of Louima's civil lawsuit in
which New York and the city's police union agreed to pay almost $9
million to Louima. Four police officers were convicted of criminal
charges against Louima in 1999 for beating him in a police car and a
Brooklyn police precinct house where one officer rammed a broken
broomstick into Louima's rectum in the station house bathroom.