A police officer was arrested on charges of assault after allegedly stomping on the head of a suspect while he was being arrested, prosecutors in New York said.
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced that a New York City Police Officer has been arraigned on an indictment in which he is charged with third-degree assault and other charges for allegedly stomping on the head of the suspect while he was face down on the ground and being handcuffed by other officers.
Joel Edouard, 37, was assigned to the 81st precinct at the time of the incident.
Edouard was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, on an indictment in which he is charged with one count of third-degree assault, one count of third-degree attempted assault and one count of official misconduct.
He was released on his own recognizance. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail.
According to the police investigation, around 7:30 p.m., in the vicinity of 223 Malcolm X Boulevard, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the defendant and his partner allegedly observed Jahmiel Cuffee, 32, drinking on the sidewalk and possessing what appeared to be marijuana.
Cuffee resisted arrest and tussled with the officers. Additional officers arrived on the scene to assist Officer Edouard and his partner.
A witness to the incident captured a cellphone video, which showed Cuffie on the ground, face down and being handcuffed.
It also showed Officer Edouard briefly pointing his gun at Cuffee, walking away from the scene of the arrest and then walking back and stomping on his head as he lay on the ground.
Cuffee’s head then hit the concrete, causing him to suffer abrasions and headaches.