Officials have indicted Brooklyn officer Joel Edouard (pictured center) for video of him stomping on Jahmiel Cuffee‘s head last summer, the New York Daily News reports.
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Video of the incident begins with Edouard holding Cuffee in a chokehold, apparently in his driveway. He and another officer soon wrestle Cuffee to the ground and turn him on his stomach. Around this time, a third officer appears.
“I don’t understand what’s this about; he has no weapon. There was no probable cause,” the man holding the camera can be heard saying. “There was no phone call. I have no idea why y’all did this.”
Edouard eventually gets up and begins walking around with his handcuffs before calmly walking back and stomping on Cuffee’s head.
Watch the complete video of Officer Joel Edouard allegedly stomping on Jahmiel Cuffee’s head here:
The officers claim the 32-year-old was seen throwing away a joint; however, Cuffee’s charges were attempted tampering with evidence, obstructing governmental administration, and resisting arrest.
An anonymous law enforcement source even told the News, “There was no evidence of marijuana.”
A judge dismissed the charges against Cuffee in December.
Meanwhile, Cuffee says he sustained scrapes and bruises from the incident, and Edouard was placed on modified desk duty.
For Edouard’s charges, the grand jury only considered a misdemeanor charge, which only carries a year behind bars.
And while some may see the charge as not stiff enough, getting an indictment on officers is rare in a country where even the FBI does not closely monitor police homicides.
Edouard was expected to surrender to officials for his arraignment Tuesday. His lawyer has declined to comment on the pending matter.
This attack came less than a week after an officer fatally choked Staten Island resident Eric Garner, launching fervent protest nationwide after a grand jury declined to indict him.
Brooklyn prosecutors were expected to announce misdemeanor assault charges Tuesday against Edouard for the July 23rd incident in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
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