From [HERE] The man kicked twice by Jersey City police while he burned after a fiery car crash has filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department, alleging excessive force and a failure to properly supervise officers.
The Asbury Park Press was first to publish a lawsuit filed on behalf of Miguel Feliz, 29, of West New York, which seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages and attorney fees and asks for a judge to bar the city "from continuing its pattern and practice of violating citizen's civil rights."
Four officers face criminal charges in connection with the June 4, 2017, incident, which involved a car chase and crash. Two officers were accused of assaulting Feliz. All four have pleaded not guilty.
Feliz previously filed a notice claiming he intended to sue the city for $25 million. His lawsuit claiming he was assaulted by Jersey City officers is posted at the bottom of this story.
On the date in question, Feliz was driving home through Jersey City after a day packing groceries for a delivery service when his car was run off the road by a driver fleeing from Jersey City officers.
Feliz's car smashed into a utility pole and burst into flame.
Silhouetted by the inferno, Jersey City officers approached with guns drawn, a bystander's video shows. The video shows them kicking Feliz twice and dragging him. The driver fleeing police later pleaded guilty to eluding and aggravated assault. He's also named in Feliz's lawsuit.
A local police union said officers were just trying to put out the fire.
One of Feliz's attorneys said he is still trying to recover. Feliz struggles to close one hand, his skin is still damaged, he may require more surgeries, and he's dealing with nightmares and flashbacks, according to Alex Locatelli.
“It’s devastating," Locatelli said. "It’s going to be that way for the rest of his life."
Feliz is out of work, Locatelli said. He wants to get back on the job, but his injuries limit the kind of work he can do.
“He wants to work and we’re trying to help him out with that," Locatelli said. "We want to get him doing something even if it’s part-time."
Feliz's lawsuit claims he was handcuffed after the skin was burned off his arms.
The lawsuit claims it was improper for police to go on a high-speed chase after the vehicle that crashed into Feliz's car. Police supervisors knew about the chase, but didn't stop it, the suit claims.
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said publicly an investigation of the high-speed chase revealed "multiple indications of our officers and supervisors acting outside of the guidelines and training," according to the lawsuit.