Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 20:45 GMT 21:45 UK
NYPD officer admits brutality
Volpe [third from right] could face life in prison
A New York police officer on trial for torturing a Haitian immigrant has admitted sodomising him with a wooden stick.
The admission came during the trial of four officers accused of beating Mr Louima up in a Brooklyn police station.
Volpe agreed to plead guilty after a string of witnesses testified against him.
He denied pushing the stick into Mr Louima's mouth but admitted shoving it close.
"I told him if you tell anyone, I will find you and I will kill you," added Volpe, who wept in court.
The officer said Mr Louima had been handcuffed during the assault and admitted that he had wanted to intimidate him.
The court has heard that Mr Louima received such severe internal injuries from the attack that he needed emergency surgery.
The other officers on trial for assaulting Mr Louima are Charles Schwarz, 35, Thomas Bruder, 32, and Thomas Wiese, 35.
A fifth officer, Sergeant Michael Bellomo, is charged with a cover-up.
Volpe said he had punched Mr Louima thinking it was Mr Louima who had hit him during a fracas outside the club. He later realised he had been mistaken.
Mr Louima's accusations against the police have sparked national outrage and led to street protests.
"He should sit in his cell and come to terms with his conscience and give the names of those he conspired with," Rev Sharpton said.