Burning bystander injured in pursuit planning $25M lawsuit
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A burning bystander who allegedly was kicked and dragged by police after a car chase ended in a crash is planning to file a $25 million lawsuit.
The Jersey Journal reports Miguel Feliz has filed a notice outlining his intent to sue Jersey City and its police department. The West New York man claims officers involved in the June 4 pursuit used excessive force by dragging him away and handcuffing him inside an ambulance without probable cause.
Four officers have been indicted on criminal charges stemming from the pursuit.
Authorities have said the officers chased a man whose car resembled one used in a shooting. That car crashed, setting off a fire that engulfed a vehicle driven by Feliz, who wasn’t involved in the chase.
A Jersey City spokeswoman said Friday the city doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.
Information from: The Jersey Journal , http://www.nj.com/jjournal