Cops Surround & Kick Innocent Crash Victim While He's still On Fire
Shocking clip reveal police brutality at its worst
Police in new Jersey are facing termination following leaked footage of them kicking an innocent crash victim who was on fire as he desperately tried to flee a burning car.
Police say the victim was mistaken for a suspect they were pursuing.
The footage, which reveals a shocking display of Police Brutality, was obtained by Univision and caught on camera by a bystander on Tonnelle Avenue, which shows the cops kicking the man in the stomach and head before dragging him away.
"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," A spokesperson for the prosecutor's office said.
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RT.com reports: 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.
"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," said JCPOBA President Carmine Disbrow.
Meanwhile, New Jersey Mayor Steven Fulop took to Twitter to say he wants the officers responsible to be fired and charged.
"We have serious concerns about the conduct of this pursuit, however, we are reserving judgment until the conclusion of the prosecutor's investigation," said Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill.
City officials are working with prosecutors to identify the officers in the video and will seek the termination of the officers responsible “in addition to any possible criminal penalties in appropriate cases,” added Morrill.
The badly beaten victim is still in hospital being treated for severe burns and fractured ribs, and will undergo surgery on Thursday, according to his family who spoke to News 4 New York.