Officials have “serious concerns” about a video of New Jersey police officers kicking and dragging a man who was an innocent victim in a fiery crash.
The incident came after a police chase Sunday night in Jersey City where officers tried to stop a vehicle driven by 48-year-old Leo Pinkston. Police fired multiple bullets at Pinkston’s vehicle, but the pursuit ended when he crashed into a utility pole and caused a fire, NJ.com reported.
In the video, another driver whose car was also wrecked in the crash emerges on fire from the burning vehicle. When he rolls on the ground to put out the flames, a police officer starts repeatedly kicking the innocent victim, as others stomp on him.
“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,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.
The victim remained hospitalized on Monday in critical but stable condition, the Associated Press reported.
“We have serious concerns about the conduct of this pursuit, however, we are reserving judgment until the conclusion of the prosecutor’s investigation,” Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill told NJ.com.
No officers have been charged in connection to the video. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said they’re still looking into which cops were involved.
“This is unacceptable,” Fulop tweeted. “We’re IDing officers. We’ll pursue termination [and] criminal charges as appropriate.”
Meanwhile, Pinkston faces charges for eluding and aggravated assault.