BY Thomas Tracy
The NYPD terminated Police Officer Joel Edouard’s employment after a departmental trial, officials said.
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.
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.
Attempts to reach Ricco Wednesday were unsuccessful.