Video Shows Cops Kicking Burning Crash Victim

Video Shows Cops Kicking Burning Crash Victim

Mayor Steven Fulop said Thursday the officers shown in the video range in rank from sergeant to veterans and rookies, and said it was hard to defend some of the acts captured on camera. A spokesperson for the city, Jennifer Morrill, said she was concerned by how the officers handled the chase. "And we're going to take it how we see it and we'll go through the process for termination, it's plain and simple".

The officers say they were stomping on the man to help put out the flames, according to a statement from the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association, a union representing the officers.

"Our investigators have reviewed the video and we believe with certainty that this man is the bystander from West New York who suffered burns, not Leo Pinkston, the individual pursued by police", said a spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Pinkston was fleeing from police when his auto crashed into the unnamed 28-year-old's as he was returning from work. Friends say the second driver, who has been identified only as a 28-year-old man, had been driving home after work when the accident happened. Roberto told Fox 5 that instead of putting out the fire, the police officers pulled their guns and looked like they were kicking a man on the ground.

"This video is now part of all the evidence we are considering as we investigate the actions of all individuals who were involved with the events of Sunday night in Jersey City", Suarez said. He said he couldn't understand how the officers could have confused him with the suspect they were pursuing. The officers then drag him away from the fire scene, off the sidewalk and into the road.

The victim was hospitalized with severe burns.

Erik Roberto
Erik Roberto

Pinkston, 48, has been charged with eluding and aggravated assault over the pursuit that began near Ocean and Cator avenues, NJ.com reported. Prosecutors didn't immediately say why police initially tried to stop him, nor did they say why he may have fled.

"The kicking and the abuse that happened after, there's really no credible explanation that makes any sense whatsoever", Fulop said.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. local time Sunday when Jersey City officers tried to stop the driver of a vehicle near Ocean Avenue and Cator Avenue, Hudson County Prosecutor's Office reported.

Suarez said after the crash, Feliz-Rodriguez was taken to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where he was listed as being in stable condition as of Thursday night.

Feliz's brother, Ramon Feliz, told Univision that he recognized his brother in the video by the way he got out of his auto. "He did get to open his eyes, he recognized me". "I don't think they treated him the right way, and that's not how you treat any human in this world".

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