Man kicked by cops undergoing surgery for burns
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 21:18
In a statement, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said, "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".
New Jersey cops can be seen on video kicking and beating an innocent bystander Sunday night..
But the video may be misleading, according to the president of the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association.
Officers then helped one guy who was stuck in the auto when another man ran away from the scene.
A friend of the victim, who asked not to be identified out of respect for the family, said the 28-year-old was driving home from work when he tried to avoid crashing with Pinkston's speeding auto.
The sequence of events was still murky early Thursday, but it all apparently began with police getting a call about shots being fired and trying to pull over a vehicle that then sped from the scene, authorities say. In it, the man appears to get out of his vehicle with his clothing on fire before police kick and hit him on the ground. Pinkston allegedly got into at least two crashes along the way, including one with a utility pole and Feliz, who was in another vehicle.
City officials said Wednesday that they have major concerns regarding how police conducted themselves during the pursuit in the Greenville section of New Jersey that ended with an innocent man fighting for his life.
"My brother right now is in very bad shape", the victim's brother, Ramon Feliz, told ABC-7.
A Jersey City spokesperson said, "Once we clearly identify all the officers involved we will be seeking termination in addition to any possible criminal penalties in appropriate cases". "But how are you going to tell, the police can't identify who is who". This is unacceptable. We're IDing officers. The scene was captured on video by onlookers.
"When I see the cops approaching, and they start kicking and, you know, grabbing and pulling him out of the way, they made a huge mistake treating this guy that way, and he wasn't the one that they was chasing", Roberto told WCBS-TV. A spokeswoman at the St. Barnabas Hospital burn unit said Thursday that Feliz was in critical condition. "Taking swift action isn't always elegant, but this video clearly shows that the officers acted quickly to extinguish the flames, and pull this man out of harm's way". "As I previously said, we will utilize all resources available to the Prosecutor's Office for a full and thorough investigation as we seek to bring this matter to a rightful conclusion".
Meanwhile, Pinkston is also being treated at a hospital and faces charges of aggravated assault and eluding.