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NJ bystander kicked by officers says they broke four ribs

Miguel Feliz, 28, was driving, when a suspect police were in a vehicle pursuit with rammed into his ..

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  • 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

By Jessica Finn For Dailymail.com

Published: 13:54 EDT, 2 November 2017 | Updated: 15:13 EDT, 4 November 2017

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 

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' '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' 

'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 Officers surround Feliz and kick him in the incident on June 4 in a case of mistaken identity 

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 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 

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 flamesIn 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 flamesCops then surround him with their guns drawnCops then surround him with their guns drawn

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 carA police officer kicks Feliz while he is still on the ground after having escaped his burning car

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 FelizThe video also captured another police officer appearing to stomp on Feliz

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 curbOfficers are then seen dragging Feliz across the sidewalk pavement and to the curb

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.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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