NYPD officer will be charged with misdemeanor for stomping on head of handcuffed man
A New York City Police Department officer is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after he was caught on video stomping on the head of a man who was handcuffed and lying on the ground.
The New York Daily News reported that 36-year-old Officer Joel Edouard is the third police officer to be indicted in the last 90 days on charges of police brutality. Sources confirmed to the Daily News that the indictment against Edouard is to be handed down on Tuesday.
The alleged attack took place on July 23 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Officers converged on 32-year-old Jahmiel Cuffee because they say they saw him throwing away a joint, although no evidence of marijuana was found on or around Cuffee’s person.
As Cuffee protested that he was innocent of wrongdoing, the group of police surrounded him and forced him to the pavement, then cuffed his hands behind his back. A bystander videotaped the takedown as Cuffee cried out “Help me!” over and over.
At one point, Officer Edouard drew his gun, then thought better of it and re-holstered the weapon.
As two officers held Cuffee down, Edouard briefly detached from the group, then walked back to where Cuffee was pinned and appeared to stomp on the helpless man’s head. The crowd gasped and shouted as another officer could be seen shoving Edouard away from the melee.
The Daily News noted that the attack on Cuffee took place less than a week after officers choked New Yorker Eric Garner to death while attempting to arrest him for unlicensed sale of cigarettes.
Watch video of the attack, embedded below: