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Brooklyn DA Indicts Cop for Assaulting Unarmed Black Man In Another Brutal Incident Caught on Video

Cuffee with son

Cuffee with son

Though it didn’t work in the Eric Garner case, a cellphone video apparently has led to the indictment of a New York City police officer for assaulting an unarmed Black man, which would be the third cop indicted by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in the last three months because of assaults caught on video—demonstrating once again that cellphones are still the best protection civilians have against police over-aggression, at least to demonstrate these brutal acts are taking place.

The officer in this case is Joel Edouard, 36, who is Black and who was caught on video stomping Jahmiel Cuffee in the head on July 23 during an encounter in Bed-Stuy. Cops allege that they saw Cuffee tossing aside a marijuana joint.  Sources told the New York Daily News that Edouard has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge, which could carry a year in jail.

The two previous indictments came in November, when the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, who is African-American, went after two officers who were captured on surveillance video punching and pistol-whipping a teen, Kahreem Tribble, who was also being busted for marijuana possession. Those assault cases are still pending; one of them carries a felony charge.

A major difference between the outcome of these cases and the fatal Eric Garner case is where the assaults took place. Garner was killed by police officer Daniel Pantaleo in Staten Island, a borough which is 73 percent white and just 11 percent Black and a place where many cops and their families reside, meaning grand jurors are much more likely to be police supporters. In contrast, Brooklyn is 34 percent Black, which means Black people are much more likely to be on a grand jury and likely would have had some negative encounters with members of the NYPD, or know someone who has.

The Cuffee assault came less than a week after Garner was killed.

Across the nation, indictments against police officers are exceedingly rare. Brooklyn DA Thompson, who was born, raised and educated in New York City, may have a unique window into the culture and attitudes of the NYPD because his mother was one of the first female police officers to patrol the streets of New York.

The cellphone video of the assault shows much of the block gathered around, yelling at two Black officers as they wrestle Cuffee to the ground, with one of them forcefully holding down his head.

“This is a Black community, brother,” said the man who is recording the video. “Yo, remember me? I already got a lawsuit over there. What are you doing?”

As the officers get more aggressive with Cuffee, the videographer yells at them, seemingly in warning, “I got you on camera! I have you on camera!”

An unidentified Black woman actually tries to pull Cuffee away from the police officers.

When Edouard stalks around the scene, huffing and puffing, at one point he can be seen briefly pulling a gun, then putting it back in his holster.

“Help me!” Cuffee pleads as the cops hold him down. 

“What are you doing, bro? You’re in your feelings way too much,” the videographer says to Edouard.

At that point, Edouard walks toward Cuffee and violently stomps him in the head as the crowd collectively gasps.

“What is wrong with your officer?” the videographer asks.

Sources told the Daily News that the officer will surrender today, when he will be arraigned.

The Brooklyn DA’s office is currently investigating six other police brutality cases, so more indictments could be forthcoming.

Cuffee, who has a 2-year-old son, has said he suffered scrapes and bumps. He was charged with attempted tampering with evidence, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, but his case was dismissed in December.

“There was no evidence of marijuana,” a law enforcement source said.

Edouard, an eight-year veteran of the NYPD, was placed on modified duty back in July when the case happened.

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16 thoughts on “Brooklyn DA Indicts Cop for Assaulting Unarmed Black Man In Another Brutal Incident Caught on Video

  1. Trina Perry says:

    Now, let's see a WHITE police officer get the same consideration for MURDER.

  2. He was indicted cuz he's black… White cops get off scott free for brutality & murder… Blacks cops better learn that they can't do what the white cops do cuz they will be indicted even though there were no deaths

  3. You guys missed an important part of this article: A major difference between the outcome of these cases and the fatal Eric Garner case is where the assaults took place. Garner was killed by police officer Daniel Pantaleo in Staten Island, a borough which is 73 percent white and just 11 percent Black and a place where many cops and their families reside, meaning grand jurors are much more likely to be police supporters. In contrast, Brooklyn is 34 percent Black, which means Black people are much more likely to be on a grand jury and likely would have had some negative encounters with members of the NYPD, or know someone who has.

    Location of killing, black or white grand jurors depending on percentage of race, and relationships with law enforcement all play a part. Black grand jury would be inclined to indict based on their negative relationships. White grand jury, white people don't have a negative relationship.

  4. EXACTLY. They are consistently racist if nothing else. Even when engaging in criminality. I guess you have to give them points for that. NOT.

  5. The overall point is: WHITES representing the system get a pass & black people EVEN if they THINK they are representing the system, will still be held to a standard based on race. Your comments don't disprove that fact.

  6. Vert Dee says:

    Word…I share the same point of view

  7. Black cops will be indicted for doing far less than white cops. Another form of racism.

  8. Situation could've been different for example if the Officer that killed Eric Garner happened in Brooklyn. We don't know though because so it didn't happen in Brooklyn. I'm just saying location can be factor depending on the case.

  9. Trina Perry says:

    That's another reason to abandon the idea of a grand jury. The idea is past its prime and has outlived its usefulness.

  10. Location means white stop stepping around the point if it was a black officer in Staten island would he have been convicted and Brooklyn probably has more black officers the difference is and will always be race think a black officer in Staten island choking a white man what would be the outcome????

  11. Hank Wilson says:

    Mitche Blanchard: Here is looking at you-BOY!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B33eEJZd5Qc

  12. Wtf is up with these make believe punishments that aren't available to civilians. How about just fire them and ban them from govt jobs. And charge them for the crimes they commit.

  13. Do you see how bad Blacks have been corrupted in to oppressing their own kind for the oppressor (White Man laws). This cop looks bad in the eyes of the Black community. (Black cop tries to kill Black man) Self hate at its finest. Community policing or community terrorism? Then Black DA indicts Black Cop. Does the suit or uniform make the man or the opposite?

  14. Kmi Fire says:

    Can you tell why he (cop) was indicted? I"ll give you a hint! SKIN COLOR IS?

  15. Tau Etsile says:

    Police brutality is a disgraceful act, but being brutalized by your blood? now that is utter disgrace, they trynna push for that promotion I guess, but damn! I didn't even watch the whole clip, I'm too ashamed to watch it.

  16. While its important to bring these rogue cops to justice, why is it only black cops seem to be charged when you have cops committing murder but walk free and even get protected when the evidence is without doubt?

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