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VICTIM IN POLICE BRUTALITY CASE IN N.Y. CITY LEAVES HOSPITAL

The Haitian immigrant who accused police officers of shoving a stick up his rectum in a station house bathroom left the hospital Friday night, nine weeks after entering with severe internal injuries.

Abner Louima left the Brooklyn Hospital Center about 10:30 p.m., although he will need further treatment.

Arrested during a melee outside a Brooklyn nightclub and taken to the station house Aug. 9, Louima said officers there shoved a wooden stick into his rectum, rupturing his colon and bladder.

Prosecutors say the stick was then rammed into his mouth, knocking out some teeth.

Four Brooklyn cops have been charged in the attack, and Louima has filed a $55 million lawsuit against the city.

The attack on Louima, who is black, has become a rallying cry for those who contend city police are abusive, particularly to minorities.

After the attack, Louima and his family were placed under police protection because of reported threats. Police said Friday that Louima and his family remain under police protection.

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