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Jersey City Mayor Wants Cops Fired After They Saved Burning Man

Jersey City Mayor Wants Cops Fired After They Saved Burning Man

A New Jersey mayor and his city’s police union are clashing publically over whether a newly released video shows quick-thinking police officers or an example of police brutality.

The dramatic video shows Jersey City police officers approaching a crash victim with their guns drawn. The victim, identified as Miguel Feliz, rolled from the crash with at least one item of clothes on fire.

Questions were raised about what could be seen once officers reached Feliz. There are allegations that the police officers were kicking Feliz, and then dragging him into the streets.

The Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association, denied those allegations, saying the officers were trying to put out the flames and get the man to safety.

“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,” Carmine Disbrow, the union president, said in a statement Wednesday.

Stephen Fulop, the city’s mayor, however, has called for the terminiation of any officer who appeared in a video.

A spokeswoman from his office told The Wall Street Journal that once the officers in the video are identified, his office will seek their termination and pursue possible criminal charges.


Police were pursuing Leo C. Pinkston in a high-speed chase, Hudson County prosecutors said. Pinkston crashed into cars on both sides of the road, which prompted officers to fire multiple shots at his car.

Officials said Pinkston crashed into a utility pole, causing Feliz’s car to erupt into flames. Pinkston was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault and eluding police officers, prosecutors said. It was not immediately clear why police started to pursue him.

Feliz was recovering in Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with severe burns. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition.

Disbrow said the mayor’s thoughts are with politics, not policing. He said the department will stay focused on keeping the people in the city safe.

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  1. Rick_von_Berne

    What do you expect from a politician who is motivated by reelection, not by what’s right?
    The procedure for someone with their clothes on fire is to “STOP, DROP and ROLL” The victim was already ‘down’ on his knees, but needed to become prone to extinguish the flames. While there is no audio, the cops directed him to lie down. When he didn’t, they pushed him down using their feet, because using their hands would have caused them to be burned, too. They pulled him away from the burning car. They did their job and saved his life.
    Where is the PBA’s campaign to inform the people of what happened? How about the media? You guys need to tell the ‘other’ side of the story.

  2. Honesty

    Next tie the police need to let the person burn and leave him near a vehicle that is burning and could explode but then they would go after them for doing nothing. It is a lose, lose for the police

  3. Tyler

    Wow, amazing, the Mayor is going to fire cops for saving this guy’s life.

  4. Pathfinder306

    Were I an officer of the law there would be neighborhoods I just wouldn’t go into, or I’d go damned slow, like the next day, in the daylight with lot’s of backup. I don’t feel the need to die at the hands of aboriginals that have better weapons and the backing of the demoRat politicians, white or black.

    My advice to those good law abiding blacks in those areas: 1. Move. 2. Get a good pistol, but then your demoRat lawmakers won’t let you have one will they? 3. Get a really big dog or two and have them trained to kill.
    and 4. MOVE. Give the territory over to the animals. They’ll kill each other off and good riddance. I know I repeated ‘move’. If you are a law abiding individual most places will welcome you.

  5. RTUT

    Typical democrat behavior of a politician, Obama style. If I was a cop I would consider doing only the bare minimum, especially when democrats start firing cops for pulling a guy from a fire.

  6. JacksonPearson

    Most, if not all elected officials simply don’t understand police work. It’s very obvious, that the subject was Hispanic, and add Univision’s biased input into the matter didn’t help either. But it sure appears the mayor’s an imbecile. His remedy would be to get out and ride with the police for about a week or so, because nothing like having hands on experience.

    Police are not, and will never be perfect, but we wouldn’t have much of a society without them, so give them all the support you can.

    • RTUT

      If one wants to take down a society, elect democrats.

    • LegalBeagle

      Would you let this jackass ride with you? I would be disinclined.

  7. USMCM14

    Light the mayor on fire and let him burn !!!!

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