Innocent man who was KICKED by New Jersey cops while on fire reveals picture of himself in a full body cast as he makes slow recovery following shocking attack
- Miguel Feliz, 28, was driving, when a suspect police were in a vehicle pursuit with rammed into his car
- His car burst into flames, and Feliz had to crawl out- instead of the officers aiding him, they mistook him for the suspect and kicked him- breaking four ribs
- Friday Jersey City, NJ police Lt. Keith Kudwig and officers M.D. Khan, Eric Kosinski and Francisco Rodriguez's charges included aggravated assault
- Khan and Kosinski were also charged with attempted murder
- The charges stem from the June car chase which ended in a fiery crash
- Miguel was later hospitalized with severe burns and broken ribs
- The four officers were suspended without pay following the criminal charges
A New Jersey innocent bystander was on fire after a police chase ended with his car being crashed into, says instead of the officers rescuing him while he was burning- they brutally kicked him, breaking four of his ribs.
'They just started kicking me, and kicking me. They broke four of my ribs. Kicked me here,' Miguel Feliz, 28, said of the incident caught on horrifying cell phone video from June 4th. The four officers involved were indicted on various charges Friday.
A video shot that night captured Feliz exiting his car with his clothes on fire. He was then seen rolling on the ground in an effort to douse the flames, before being surrounded by officers with their weapons drawn. Officers then kicked him and dragged him to the curb.
Miguel Feliz was on fire when officers kicked him after mistaking him for a suspect, after his car burst into flames when he was smashed into during a police chase
'Finally, I see the cops. And I'm thinking – the guy's gonna help. I'm on fire,' Feliz said. 'And I just see them with the guns drawn, and I hear the in the voice – they were so like, mad'
Officers surround Feliz and kick him in the incident on June 4 in a case of mistaken identity
The chase started when Jersey City police pursued Leo Pinkston through the streets of Jersey City. It ended when Pinkston crashed his vehicle along Rt. 1 & 9, and slammed into Feliz' sedan, which then burst into flames, with Miguel trapped in the driver's seat.
'I couldn't get out,' Feliz told WPIX. '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.
Miguel is seen on video crawling away from the burning wreck, and on fire.
They apparently mistook the 28-year-old grocery delivery driver for their suspect – Pinkston.
'Finally, I see the cops. And I'm thinking – the guy's gonna help. I'm on fire,' Feliz said. 'And I just see them with the guns drawn, and I hear the in the voice – they were so like, mad.'
Feliz' lawyer says the officers were in the wrong on several counts, beginning with a wild street chase, firing their weapons, and ending with them offering Feliz what appears to be violence – instead of help.
'It's outrageous conduct, and we're going to address that in the lawsuit,' said attorney Tom Cammarata.
Officers Eric Kosinski and MD Khan appeared in court Friday.
'He fired at this man to try to prevent someone innocent person from being killed, which Mr. Pinkston almost accomplished anyway. Mr. Kosinski should have been commended – not indicted,' said Officer Kosinki's attorney.
The president of one of Jersey City's Police unions tells WPIX: 'We have a great deal of respect for the legal process that will let our officers have a chance to tell their story regarding the entirety of the incident. Once they do we believe they will be exonerated.'
Feliz ultimately spent more than a month in the hospital, recovering from burns suffered over 30 percent of his body.
The four officers face several charges ranging from aggravated assault to attempted murder. They are due back in court, in January.
Meantime, Feliz – still recovering – has yet to go back to work,
Prosecutors said a grand jury returned charges, including aggravated assault and official misconduct, against Jersey City police Lt. Keith Ludwig and officers M.D. Khan, Eric Kosinski and Francisco Rodriguez on Friday. Khan and Kosinski also are charged with attempted murder.
Jersey City, New Jersey police officer MB Khan (pictured in 2016) is among four New Jersey officers who face criminal charges including aggravated assault after kicking and dragging on fire bystander Miguel Feliz following a June car chase that ended in flames
That crash set off a fire that engulfed Feliz's vehicle. Feliz, 28, had not been involved in Pinkston's chase until that moment.
The four officers were suspended without pay following the indictments, the city said.
'As we stated at the outset, the actions taken that night required serious investigation. We took immediate and appropriate action and will now abide the judicial process,' Jersey City mayor Steven Fulop said.
'Our internal investigation will now begin into all the actions or inactions of department members that night. We want the community to continue to have full confidence in the Jersey City Police Department and its officers.'
Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea said in June that Ludwig, a 24-year veteran of the force, has an 'excellent' record, and that the four officers, one of whom has been on the force for a year, 'are average police officers.'
In the June video, an on fire Feliz can be seen escaping from the wreck of his car, rolling on the ground in an attempt to douse the flames as cops then surround him with their guns drawn
A police officer kicks Feliz while he is still on the ground after having escaped his burning car
The video also captured another police officer appearing to stomp on Feliz
Officers are then seen dragging Feliz across the sidewalk pavement and to the curb
Shea said at least 20 officers were involved in some aspect of the response to the high-speed chase, which lasted for several miles. Several protocols were violated, he said, including the length of the chase, firing shots at a moving vehicle and placing a car as a roadblock without approval from a supervisor.
Ludwig 'was the supervisor of the officers who started the chase, he was involved from the beginning and he allowed it to go on long after the point where, under the attorney general's guidelines, he should have called it off,' Shea said.
Pinkston, 48, was charged in August with eluding police and aggravated assault while eluding.