Jersey City looking to Fire Police who Kicked Victim after Fiery Crash

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Hours after a video surfaced of police officers kicking and dragging the victim of a fiery car crash, city officials said they are looking to terminate the cops involved.

The video, obtained by Univision and shared with The Jersey Journal, shows a man emerge from a burning car on Tonnelle Avenue covered in flames. The man appears to have extinguished the fire himself and is then kicked in the head and neck area by a police officer.

After The Jersey Journal published the video Wednesday afternoon, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said it “believe(s) with certainty that this man is the bystander from West New York who suffered burns.”

Authorities say Leo Pinkston, 48, is led police on a six-mile chase from the Greenville section of Jersey City to the Heights. Police fired multiple shots at Pinkston’s car during the pursuit.

The 28-year-old West New York man is “fighting for his life” with severe burns and facial injuries, a friend said.

Leo Pinkston, 48, is charged with eluding and aggravated assault.

Earlier in the day, city officials said there are “serious concerns” with how the officers conducted the pursuit. Investigators have not yet said what sparked the car chase.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the city will seek to fire and press charges against the cops seen in the video.

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