Video has emerged of police officers in New York kicking and dragging a man who was involved in a car collision.
City officials said Wednesday that they have ‘serious concerns’ about the way the police dealt with the incident which began at around 11pm in Greenville, New York.
It ended some six miles from there, leaving one innocent man in critical condition.
In the footage, the 28-year-old male can be seen emerging from the engulfed car and rolling on the floor to put out the parts of his own body which have caught fire.
Simultaneously, around half a dozen police officers approach and surround the man, guns drawn. They then proceed to kick and stamp on his body.
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Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.
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.
The victims remains in hospital ‘fighting for his life’ with several broken bones and third-degree burns, a friend said.
City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said citizens are concerned about the mistreatment of the man.
As reported by Univision she said:
We have serious concerns about the conduct of this pursuit, however, we are reserving judgment until the conclusion of the prosecutor’s investigation.
No officers have been suspended in connection to the incident, said president of the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association, Carmine Disbrow.
Criticising Public Safety Director Jim Shea’s decision to confiscate new police SUVs from district connected to the pursuit, he said:
As it should be, this entire incident is being fully investigated. 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.
What do you make of the video?