Authorities said Officer Joel Edouard was placed on modified duty on Friday as the NYPD investigates the newest allegations of excessive force against an on-duty cop. Credit: Screenshot/Facebook
An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.
Authorities said Officer Joel Edouard of the 81st Precinct was placed on modified duty on Friday as the Police Department investigates the newest allegations of excessive force against an on-duty cop.
Video published online on June 23 showed Edouard and a second officer apprehending Jahmil-El Cuffee, 32, in front of a Bed-Stuy home at around 8 p.m.
The officers reportedly grabbed Cuffee for possession of marijuana as onlookers along a busy Malcolm X Boulevard pulled out their cameras and told the suspect to submit.
The amateur video at one point shows Cuffee on the ground with four officers — including Edouard — surrounding him. Edouard stepped away from the scene, walked down the block before coming back to the subdued and prostrate Cuffee.
That's when video shows seems to show Edouard stomp on Cuffee's head.
"What is wrong with this officer," the cameraman shouted as a woman screams at the scene. "Look at your officer. Did you see that?"
On Saturday, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch urged against reaching any conclusions based on eyewitness videos.
"They never capture the criminal act or offense that brings police action to the scene," Lynch said in a statement. "They present an isolated period of a police interaction but never the entire scenario."
Cuffee was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and pot possession. He was then taken to an area hospital for neck and head injuries.
"I just want it all to stop," he told reporters after appearing at a rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday. "I just want justice."
Edouard is the second officer known to have been reassigned while the department investigates allegations of excessive force.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo remains on desk duty more than a week after video shows he subdued Staten Island man Eric Garner with what critics said is a chokehold — a move banned by the police handbook in 1993.
A third recently released video showed an alleged fare jumper behind placed in what appeared to be a chokehold after resisting arrest in a Harlem subway station.