4 officers suspended after alleged brutality caught on video

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Four Jersey City police officers, including a lieutenant, have been suspended indefinitely in the wake of an auto chase and fiery crash in which a video allegedly showed officers kicking and dragging a bystander.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced the suspensions Monday.

The June 4 video showed Miguel Feliz exiting his car before being kicked. The officers had been chasing a different man whose car resembled one used in a shooting several days earlier.

Feliz underwent surgery for burns last week and remains hospitalized.

Fulop and Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea said they had concluded that the officers violated several guidelines during the chase, including firing shots from their vehicle at another moving vehicle.

Two deputy chiefs were also reassigned.

The Jersey City police union released a statement following the ruling that said, ““We repeat our call for a full and impartial investigation into this incident. Unfortunately Mayor Fulop continues to indicate that he has no intention of allowing this to be the case.”

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office is investigating.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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