Four New Jersey police officers filmed brutalizing innocent accident victim AVOID jail time but lose their jobs – the quartet were caught kicking and dragging Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez who was engulfed in flames after a fiery crash in June 2017
Three officers and a lieutenant with Jersey City Police Department were filmed in June 2017 kicking and dragging Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez
Jersey City police officer MD Khan, Tuesday pled guilty to aggravated assault and will be sentenced to probation
They mistook the victim for a suspect in a police pursuit, which ended with a fiery crash involving Feliz-Rodrigue’s car
Officers Eric Kosinski and Francisco Rodriguez each pled guilty to endangering another person and will go through a pre-trial intervention
Lt Keith Ludwig, who did not enter a plea, will also go through intervention
All four resigned and will be prohibited from working in law enforcement in the state of New Jersey
Feliz-Rodriguez in 2018 filed a civil lawsuit allegedly, seeking $25M in damages against Jersey City, that suit is still pending
Four Jersey City police officers who were caught on camera in 2017 savagely attacking an innocent man engulfed in flames after a fiery crash will not spend a day in jail. However all four have been relieved of their job as law enforcement officers and will never work in law enforcement again, in the state of New Jersey.
Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez made the announcement on Tuesday.
The officers were involved in a high-speed chase in June 4, 2017, when three officers fired shots at the fleeing suspect Leo Pinkston.
Jersey City police officer MD Khan [left] on Tuesday pled guilty to aggravated assault and will be sentenced to probation while co-defendant Eric Kosinski [right] pled guilty to endangering another person and will go through a pre-trial intervention
After the brutal beating and inhumane treatment by the officers, the victim Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez, last year filed a civil lawsuit against Jersey City, which is still winding its way through the court system
Both vehicles careened into a police car and caught fire. Video footage shows that when Feliz-Rodriguez climbed out of his car while engulfed in flames, he was kicked by Lieutenant Keith Ludwig and Officer MD Khan.
The disturbing recording also shows Feliz-Rodriguez being dragged across the ground and beaten by the officers, who allegedly, mistook him for the suspect they had been chasing, reported ABC 7 NY.
Khan, as well as, two other officers Eric Kosinski, and Francisco Rodriguez all have entered guilty pleas to charges in connection with the crash.
Officers Eric Kosinski and Francisco Rodriguez each pled guilty to a single count of endangering another person and will go through a pre-trial intervention, along with Ludwig who did not enter a plea.
The chase started when Jersey City police pursued Pinkston through the streets of Jersey City. It ended when Pinkston crashed his vehicle along Route 1 & 9, and slammed into Feliz-Rodriguez’s sedan, which then burst into flames, with Miguel trapped in the driver’s seat.
‘I couldn’t get out,’ Feliz-Rodriguez told WPIX after his release from the hospital. ‘My seatbelt didn’t want to come off. I was already on fire.’
The officers also fired shots at the suspect Pinkston as he ran away.
Feliz-Rodriguez is seen on video crawling away from the burning wreck and rolling on the ground in an attempt to put out the flames burning his clothes.
‘Finally, I see the cops. And I’m thinking – the guy’s gonna help. I’m on fire,’ Feliz-Rodriguez said. ‘And I just see them with the guns drawn, and I hear the in the voice – they were so like, mad.’
Instead of helping the victim, the officers kicked and dragged him to the curb.
Feliz-Rodriguez ended up in a full-body cast and spent more than a month in the hospital recovering from burns to 30 per cent of his body, as well as four broken ribs suffered during the beating.
Pinkston later pled guilty to eluding police and aggravated assault. In March 2018, he was sentenced to five years in prison.
Suarez, the prosecutor, characterized the outcome of the case as ‘the most fair and just resolution,’ saying that the officers’ punishment provides accountability and takes into account input from the victim.
The victim Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez ended up in a full-body case [left in hospital] and spent a month [right] being treated for severe burns and broken ribs
Feliz-Rodriguez last year filed a civil lawsuit against Jersey City, which is still winding its way through the court system.
The complaint claims police failed to safely handle the chase and assaulted him while he was on fire. The suit doesn’t specify the amount of damages it seeks, but legal papers filed in 2017 said Felix-Rodriguez would be seeking up to $25million.
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