US attorney, FBI investigate Jersey City police pursuit

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JERSEY CITY -

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI have joined the investigation into a police pursuit in Jersey City that critically injured a bystander.

Video of the incident sparked the investigation. The video appears to show a police officer kicking and dragging Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez, 28, while he was on fire on June 4.

The situation started when police were in pursuit of another man, Leo Pinkston. Pinkston crashed into a utility pole during that chase, setting his and Feliz-Rodriguez’s cars on fire. The aftermath of the crash was recorded on video.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has spoken out against the incidents depicted in the video. Four Jersey City police officers, including a lieutenant, were suspended indefinitely. Two deputy chiefs were reassigned.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating.

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