Miguel Feliz, 28, was an unwitting victim in Sunday night's crash; Jersey City police say they were chasing a motorist suspect, Leo Pinkston, who crashed his car into Feliz's just after 11 p.m. in the area. Video shows Feliz emerging from the wreck just before cops descend upon him, kicking him in the throat and head before dragging him away. It appears cops mistook Feliz for Pinkston at the time.
Now, Feliz is in critical condition at a local hospital. "He's in bad shape," his mother, Rosa Feliz, told the Daily News. "It's been really hard." His brother, Ramon Feliz, told the Post, "It’s outrageous," and told Univision, "My brother at this moment is very bad. He has 30 percent of his body burned.”
The Hudson County prosecutor's office has been investigating the incident. “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,” Raymond Worrall, spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, told ABC 7 shortly after the video came to light.
You can see the graphic video below:
Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop took to Twitter to criticize cops for the incident. The city says once the officers are identified, they will be "seeking termination" and "possible criminal penalties," according to the Times.
2 b clear. This is unacceptable. We're IDing officers. We'll pursue termination + criminal charges as appropriate https://t.co/JIWPWQNrdp
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) June 7, 2017
Pinkston, meanwhile, was arrested and will be charged with aggravated assault and eluding police.