Back in July, Opposing Views told you about the Brooklyn police officer who was placed on desk duty for stomping on a suspect’s head. Now, that officer has reportedly been indicted on assault charges for the incident, which was caught on camera.
Reports say that the indictment against Officer Joel Edouard, 36, is expected to be announced on Tuesday following the July 23 incident. The NY Daily News reports that Edouard has been charged with misdemeanor assault and could face up to a year in jail. In the viral clip, Edouard is clearly shown stomping on 32-year-old Jahmiel Cuffee’s head during an altercation that began after officers witness Cuffee rolling a joint.
During the altercation, Edouard briefly pulls out his weapon and points it at Cuffee while he is on top of the suspect. Edouard finally gets off of Cuffee as other officers arrive to assist, and just when it seems like he walks away in order to compose himself, he suddenly walks back to the suspect and stomps on his head for no apparent reason.
“He abruptly stomped on top of the gentleman’s head,” Gary Dormer, the man who captured the video, says in the clip. “He lifted his foot with excessive force and came down like he was stepping on an ant or a roach or something at the time. It could’ve been any one of us. He wasn’t doing anything wrong and the officer just stepped on his head.”
Despite Cuffee being apprehended for rolling a joint, a law enforcement source told the NY Daily News that there was "no evidence of marijuana.”
The indictment against Edouard is expected to be announced on Tuesday.