A New York City police officer who was caught on video seemingly stomping on the head of a suspect has been indicted. He will be arraigned on an assault charge in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
According to the New York Daily News (2.2.15), patrolling officers had seen Jahmil-El Cuffee, 32, allegedly throwing away a joint outside a home. Cuffee showed cops his ID, but when they attempted to place him under arrest, he allegedly resisted and the NYPD officers had to wrestle him to the ground. Officer Joel Edouard, 37, is seen on the cell phone video pulling out his gun before apparently kicking the suspect. Cuffee suffered minor injuries.
On the video, Edouard can be seen leaving the struggle, walking down the street, then returning and kicking Cuffee in the head approximately 30 seconds later.
On the video, Cuffee can be heard shouting “Help me! Help me!” and “I didn’t do nothing.”
A law enforcement source told the New York Daily News there “was no evidence of marijuana” at the scene. Cuffee was arrested for attempted tampering with evidence, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
The incident happened in in Bedford-Stuyvesant last July and the charges have since been dismissed.
Edouard will be the third NYPD officer indicted since November by Brooklyn prosecutors, who are investigating at least six other police brutality cases, reported the New York Daily News. The Cuffee incident took place on July 23, less than a week after Eric Garner died following a police chokehold during an arrest on Staten Island. The incident, which was also captured on tape, went viral. The Garner video raised awareness about police brutality. A grand jury decided not to indict the officer in the Garner case.
Officers who act outside of the law should not be tolerated. All police misconduct is wrong. Excessive force, police brutality and other acts of misconduct poison the relationships between police and the community, breeding mistrust and limiting cooperation in the fight against crime.
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The New York Daily News story cited is“EXCLUSIVE: Assault indictment for NYPD officer seen on video apparently stomping on suspect’s head, sources say.”