Authorities probe shocking video of cops allegedly kicking man on fire

An innocent man was beaten by cops after a police chase and shooting that ended in a fiery crash in Jersey City Sunday night, prosecutors say.

Video from Sunday night shows the man, Miguel Feliz, 28, stumble out of his vehicle and roll on the ground while covered in flames, following a dramatic police chase that ended in a fiery crash.

"I think any reasonable person that looks at that video would say that those did not look like helpful hands", Fulop said.

A spokeswoman for Jersey City says city officials are working with prosecutors to identify the officers in the video. Other officers then start stomping on his body.

He is listed in critical but stable condition at St Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, ABC 7 reported.

"Our investigators have reviewed this video and we believe with certainty that this man is the 28-year-old bystander from West New York, not Leo Pinkston, the individual being pursued by police", Suarez said.

The cellphone video, acquired by Univision and distributed to The Jersey Journal, shows the 28-year-old man exit a burning auto with a portion his body on fire.

Meanwhile, the suspect Leo C. Pinkston, 48, was arrested on count of eluding, and one count of aggravated assault.

Erik Roberto, who shot the cellphone video, told the station that the police made a big mistake.

"The video shows clearly what I saw", Roberto told CNN.

"Oh, no, no", said a witness, clearly distressed. "I'd like to thank the individual who came forward with this video and I'd like the public to know that we welcome their help", Suarez said.

The local police union has already geared up for a fight against any attempt to fire the cops, who remain unidentified.

The man seen on video being kicked by officers on Tonnelle Avenue turned out to be a bystander who suffered burns in the crash - not the driver that police officers were pursuing, according to the Hudson County prosecutor's office.

The victim has a heavily swollen face, the friend said - something which he thought was odd; he says that after seeing the video he is certain the victim is his friend. Instead, an officer appeared to kick Feliz in the head or chest, causing him to collapse. "We'll pursue termination + criminal charges as appropriate".

No police officers have been suspended over the attack.

Raymond Worrall, Director of Communications for the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office spoke to NJ.com to give an official statement on the matter.

The mayor said Feliz was to undergo surgery Thursday, and said the investigation has been referred to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office. "There will be a swift and fair review of all the evidence being accumulated, but it would be irresponsible to rush to judgement without reviewing all of the facts before us".


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