Jahmiel Cuffee (pictured), a Brooklyn man who was recorded getting his head stomped by a NYPD officer, thanked the boro’s District Attorney for indicting police officer Joel Edouard, the New York Daily News reports.
“I’m very grateful to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office for taking the initiative to hold this individual accountable,” Cuffee told the News Tuesday.
Prosecutors arraigned Officer Edouard on third-degree assault, attempted assault, and official misconduct on the same day. Officials released Edouard without bail after he plead not guilty to the charges.
A video shows Edouard stomping on Cuffee’s head after two other officers had subdued him to the ground. The attack happened days after the Eric Garner incident on Staten Island.
Watch Officer Edouard’s alleged stomping of Cuffee here:
Edouard’s lawyer explained his client only performed the so-called “kick,” because Cuffee was resisting arrest and Edouard needed to regain control.
Officers alleged they had seen Cuffee discard a marijuana joint; however, his charges didn’t reflect that. Prosecutors initially charged the Bedford-Stuyvesant resident with evidence tampering, obstruction, and resisting arrest, but dropped all of the charges in December.
Cuffee filed a notice of claim to sue the city, NYPD, and the participating officers for $25 million in September.
“He has recurring nightmares as a result of the gun pointed at him. It significantly impacted his life,” commented Stephen Drummond, Cuffee’s lawyer. “He looks forward for his day in court.”