ABNER LOUIMA ENDORSES ERIC ADAMS FOR MAYOR
New York, NY – Abner Louima, who was viciously assaulted and tortured by police in 1997 in Brooklyn, endorsed Eric Adams for mayor today, citing his long history fighting for police reform.
At the time of the attack on Louima, Adams was a police officer and head of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, who called for charges against the officers in charge and organized with other civil rights leaders to demand justice for Louima.
“My message today is clear: New York, as one of the greatest cities in the world, needs a great leader with great vision,” said Abner Louima. “And I strongly believe Eric Adams will be a great leader for this great city. With Eric Adams as mayor, everyone will have a place. And that is why I am here today to endorse Eric Adams as the next mayor of New York City.”
“Mr. Louima is a brave man who is a model of grace and an example of triumph over extreme injustice. I was proud to stand with him nearly 25 years ago, and I am proud to call him a friend today,” said Eric Adams. “Unfortunately, all these years later, we still have very far to go to eliminate police racism and abuse. As mayor, I will finally bring lasting reform to the NYPD as both a victim of police abuse myself and a former police officer who understands what it will take to deliver real change.”
Brooklyn Borough President Adams joined the NYPD to change it from the inside after being beaten in a Queens precinct house at 15-years-old. As an officer, Adams became the most outspoken member of the department against racism and abuse, founding 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and rising to the rank of captain while organizing and advocating for reform.
As an elected official, Adams has continued to be a leading advocate for civil rights and better policing, including his push against the illegal use of stop and frisk, and for de-escalation and anti-bias training for officers.
You can read details of Adams’ police reform plan here.