Special to the AmNews
Tuesday, Feb. 3, police officer Joel Edouard, 37, was arraigned on an indictment for third-degree assault and other charges for allegedly stomping on the head of a subdued suspect. At the time, the suspect was both handcuffed and face down.
July 23, 2014, Edouard and his partner attempted to arrest a man, Jahmiel Cuffee, who they allegedly witnessed drinking on the sidewalk and holding what they assumed to be marijuana. Cuffee, who is 32, resisted arrest and briefly fought with officers. More officers arrived on the scene before Cuffee was finally subdued and handcuffed. At this time, a witness recorded Edouard on cellphone video, first pointing his gun at Cuffee and then stomping on Cuffee’s head.
Edouard pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. He is expected back in court March 24.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said, “Police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us all safe. However, this defendant allegedly stomped on the head of a suspect as he lay on the ground, which is unacceptable for a police officer. While a serious matter, this indictment should not reflect on the great work being done throughout the city by the vast majority of police officers who perform their duties honorably.”