Wednesday, June 9, 1999 Published at 02:21 GMT 03:21 UK
NYPD officer guilty of beating
Schwarz faces life imprisonment for his role in the assault
A jury in the United States has convicted a New York police officer of beating a Haitian immigrant in a case which led to renewed racial tensions in the city.
Earlier in the trial, another officer, Justin Volpe, pleaded guilty to the more serious charge of carrying out the assault.
Correspondents say both Schwarz and Volpe face up to life in prison because of the sexual nature of the assault. The judge has wide discretion in the actual sentence.
Mr Louima suffered severe internal injuries, including a ruptured bladder and colon, after being sexually assaulted with a broken broom handle at Brooklyn's 70th Precinct stationhouse in August 1997.
There were shouts and groans in the crowded courtroom as the verdicts were read out.
When the not guilty verdict against Mr Bruder was read out there was applause from the public section, where the officers' families had been watching the trial.
But the applause turned to muffled sobs and cries of "Oh no" when the guilty verdict against Schwarz was read.
Wall of silence broken
The case, involving white police officers and a black victim, outraged many New Yorkers and raised tensions between police and minorities in the city.
The witnesses told internal affairs detectives investigating Mr Louima's allegations that Volpe had bragged about the assault afterwards.
The victim testified that Volpe told him: "If I ever talk to anyone about what happened to me, he kill me and everybody in my family."
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir purged the command of the 70th Precinct after the incident and established a task force to improve relations between police and ethnic communities.
But the moves fell far short of demands for a commission to monitor the conduct of the 38,000-strong police force, the largest in the United States.
The NYPD is now bracing itself for the trial of four more policemen charged with murder after an unarmed West African immigrant was hit by 19 police bullets.