- 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
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
'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
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
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 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 car
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 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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Australia resists calls for tougher climate targets
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted pressure to set more ambitious carbon emission targets while other major nations vowed deeper reductions to tackle climate change.
Addressing a global climate summit, Mr Morrison said Australia was on a path to net zero emissions.
But he stopped short of setting a timeline, saying the country would get there “as soon as possible”.
It came as the US, Canada and Japan set new commitments for steeper cuts.
US President Joe Biden, who chaired the virtual summit, pledged to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the year 2030. This new target essentially doubles the previous US promise.
By contrast, Australia will stick with its existing pledge of cutting carbon emissions by 26%-28% below 2005 levels, by 2030. That’s in line with the Paris climate agreement, though Mr Morrison said Australia was on a pathway to net zero emissions.
“Our goal is to get there as soon as we possibly can, through technology that enables and transforms our industries, not taxes that eliminate them and the jobs and livelihoods they support and create,” he told the summit.
“Future generations… will thank us not for what we have promised, but what we deliver.”
Australia is one of the world’s biggest carbon emitters on a per capita basis. Mr Morrison, who has faced sustained criticism over climate policy, said action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would focus on technology.
The prime minister said Australia is deploying renewable energy 10 times faster than the global average per person, and has the highest uptake of rooftop solar panels in the world.
Mr Morrison added Australia would invest $20bn ($15.4bn; 11.1bn) “to achieve ambitious goals that will bring the cost of clean hydrogen, green steel, energy storage and carbon capture to commercial parity”.
“You can always be sure that the commitments Australia makes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are bankable.”
Australia has seen growing international pressure to step up its efforts to cut emissions and tackle global warming. The country has warmed on average by 1.4 degrees C since national records began in 1910, according to its science and weather agencies. That’s led to an increase in the number of extreme heat events, as well as increased fire danger days.
Ahead of the summit, President Biden’s team urged countries that have been slow to embrace action on climate change to raise their ambition. While many nations heeded the call, big emitters China and India also made no new commitments.
“Scientists tell us that this is the decisive decade – this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis,” President Biden said at the summit’s opening address.
Referring to America’s new carbon-cutting pledge, President Biden added: “The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable, and the cost of inaction keeps mounting.”
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
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
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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