Jersey City Suspends Police Officers Involved in Car Chase

Olive Rios
June 14, 2017

Four Jersey City police officers, including a lieutenant with 24 years' experience, have been suspended indefinitely in the wake of an auto chase and fiery crash in which a video showed police kicking and dragging a bystander, the city's mayor announced Monday.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on Monday announced four police officers including a lieutenant have been suspended indefinitely without pay, and two deputy chiefs have been transferred. He deferred questions about a criminal probe into the incident to the Hudson County prosecutor's office, which is conducting the investigation.

"This is the first step for all the officers involved to be held accountable for their actions", Fulop said.

The chase began after 11 p.m. on June 4th with a traffic stop in the Greenville neighborhood. During the chase, two officers set up an unauthorized roadblock, and a third opened fire on Pinkston's moving vehicle, hitting him in the leg, officials said Monday. Several police officers surround him and start kicking him. Both measures violated New Jersey guidelines governing police chases. The video shows Feliz-Rodriguez in flames, attempting to put himself out, and Roberto can be heard yelling at officers to help Feliz-Rodriguez. The cops then drag the man into the road.

Feliz, of West New York, several miles from Jersey City, underwent surgery for burns last week and remains hospitalized.

It ended when he crashed into a utility pole, which caused a fire that injured Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez, who was driving on Tonnelle Avenue.

Prosecutors said after reviewing the video, they concluded Feliz wasn't involved in the police chase. The deputy chiefs were not identified. The site reported that the brother-in-law suffered facial fractures and said that Khan threatened to shoot him, but a grand jury declined to indict Khan.

"We are basing our decisions today based on actions that we know are in clear violation of the guidelines", Fulop said. "They include allowing the pursuit to extend for the time and distance involved, setting up a roadblock, firing shots at a moving vehicle and actions seen on the video post crash that has been widely covered".

"The investigation by the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor into the events of June 4 in Jersey City is ongoing and the results are pending", Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement to The News.

Pinkston was ultimately charged with aggravated assault and fleeing police.

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