NYPD officially fires cop who stomped on suspect’s head in Brooklyn following misdemeanor assault conviction

BY Thomas Tracy

A NYPD cop who vowed to fight a court order to resign from the force for stomping on a suspect’s head has officially been given his walking papers, officials said Wednesday.

The NYPD terminated Police Officer Joel Edouard’s employment after a departmental trial, officials said.Edouard, left, speaks before his sentencing at Brooklyn Supreme Court in June.

Edouard, left, speaks before his sentencing at Brooklyn Supreme Court in June.

(Byron Smith/for New York Daily News)

Edouard, 38, was convicted of misdemeanor assault after he was caught on video stomping on Jahmi-El Cuffee’s head on Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant in July 2014.

Had he been convicted of a felony, the 10-year NYPD veteran would have been fired immediately. Since he was convicted of a misdemeanor, the law allowed Edouard to keep his job.

NYPD officer Joel Edouard found guilty in brutal stomp attack

Edouard, a seven-year member of the force, makes a stomping motion at Cuffee’s head after the man was subdued on Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The incident was caught on video.

Edouard, a seven-year member of the force, makes a stomping motion at Cuffee’s head after the man was subdued on Malcolm X Blvd. in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The incident was caught on video.

(Courtesy Gary Dormer)

Yet Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Alan Marrus added an unusual condition to his sentence to two years’ probation on June 23: resign from the force if Police Commissioner Bill Bratton didn’t fire him in the next 24 hours.

Edouard’s attorney Anthony Ricco lambasted the controversial sentencing at the time, calling it an “unlawful order.”

“Court cannot impose a condition that violates an individual’s rights under the New York State constitution and the specific provisions of the Public Services Law,” Ricco said as he filed an appeal.

Jahmiel Cuffee says he was stomped on after being subdued by former Officer Joel Edouard in July 2014.

Jahmiel Cuffee says he was stomped on after being subdued by former Officer Joel Edouard in July 2014.

(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)

Attempts to reach Ricco Wednesday were unsuccessful.

 

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