[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE7L5bQhDwo?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=480]A 37-year-old New York Police Department officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assault and other charges levied after a bystander captured a Brooklyn tussle on film with a mobile phone.
“Police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us all safe. However, this defendant allegedly stomped on the head of a suspect as he lay on the ground, which is unacceptable for a police officer,” Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.
Officer Joel Edouard faces up to a year in jail if convicted. He was released on his own recognizance and has been assigned desk duty.
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