The NYPD’s methods are once again in the spotlight as another amateur video has surfaced showing officers stomping on the head of a suspect being placed under arrest.
The video shows officers apprehending Jahmiel Cuffee, 32, after the officers reportedly saw Cuffee rolling a joint in the street. The officers asked Cuffee for his ID and began to place him under arrest, and after Cuffee hands his ID over, bystanders begin to record the arrest.
We see Cuffee begin to resist arrest by trying to get away from the officers, only to be pinned to the ground. As Cuffee struggles, he even grabs the arm of a female bystander, who is telling him to calm down, to try and escape the officers.
After writhing under the officers, Cuffee seems to give up, and the camera focuses on Officer Joel Eduardo, 36, who can be seen walking off camera. Shortly after walking off camera, Officer Eduardo appears again on camera and stomps on Cuffee’s head, causing the surrounding crowd to shout and panic.
“What is wrong with this officer?” an unknown person on the video says immediately after the officer stomps on Cuffee’s head. Others in the background of the video take up other jeers and begin to shun the officers.
Cuffee was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for head and neck injuries. Eduardo has since been put on desk duty, according to the New York Daily News.
Community Advocate Tony Herbert told PIX11 in New York City, he was upset at the way this officer treated a member of the community. “This officer,” said Herbert, “cannot represent our community and work for us if he’s going to violate people’s rights.”
The NYPD has said they will be investigating the incident to decide whether or not Officer Eduardo, or any other officer in the video, was using excessive force or not.
Police charged Cuffee with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.