A nurse at Coney Island Hospital who alerted police to the alleged station house brutalization of a Haitian immigrant last month says other nurses have since been hostile toward her and one has punched her.
Magalie Laurent called the police Internal Affairs Bureau on Aug. 9 after learning that Abner Louima was in the Brooklyn hospital with injuries he said were inflicted by 70th Precinct police officers who jabbed a stick into his rectum.
Mrs. Laurent told the New York Times she was knocked down and punched in the emergency room Sunday evening by a nurse who yelled: "You messed with the wrong people. You messed with NYPD."
"The alleged altercation is being investigated by the hospital," Coney Island Hospital spokesman Ken Kiernan said Wednesday.
Mrs. Laurent said she believed the encounter was a "set up" meant to get her fired. She said at least two nurses at the hospital have married police officers and that there are other close relationships between nurses and officers, the Times said.
Louima now is in Brooklyn Hospital Center, where his condition is listed as critical but stable.