Abner Louima endorses Ken Thompson for Brooklyn D.A.
Before Sean Bell, Ramarley Graham, and Patrick Dorismond, there was Abner Louima.
In 1997, Louima claimed he was brutally assaulted while in custody at a Brooklyn police station. The case drew national attention attention and an officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the attack.
One of the lawyers who worked on the case was Ken Thompson, who is now running for Brooklyn D.A. against incumbent Charles Hynes.
Thompson's campaign is now sending out this mail piece (front and back) featuring Louima. It's the first time Louima has publicly announced his support for Thompson (although he frequently tells voters about the work Thompson did on the case).
In the mail piece, Louima says, "When we needed justice, Ken Thompson delivered," and "There could be no better candidate for Brooklyn District Attorney."
A big part of Hynes' re-election argument is that Brooklyn is much safer now than when he first took office in 1990, and that his policies played a role in making that happen. Hynes has also sought to dismiss Thompson, an attorney, for not having enough experience, and has specifically sought to minimize the role Thompson played in the Louima case.
The Louima mailer helps Thompson respond to that argument.