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Bystander severely burned after police chase sues city

July 6, 2018

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A severely burned bystander who allegedly was kicked and dragged by police after a high-speed car chase ended in a fiery crash is now suing the city where it occurred.

The lawsuit filed by Miguel Feliz-Rodriguez claims Jersey City police failed to safely handle the chase and assaulted him while he was on fire. The suit doesn’t specify the amount of damages it seeks, but legal papers filed late last year said Felix-Rodriguez would be seeking up to $25 million.

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-Rodriguez, a West New York resident who wasn’t involved in the chase.

Jersey City officials have declined to discuss the matter, saying the city doesn’t comment on ongoing litigation.

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