Punish Police for Alleged Beating of Innocent Car Crash Victim

Target: Esther Suarez, Hudson County Prosecutor

Goal: Punish officers who allegedly beat an innocent victim of a fiery car crash for using excessive force, if found guilty.

In a chilling video recently captured in Jersey City, a man climbing out of a burning vehicle appears to be swarmed by several police officers who proceed to beat, kick and drag him out into the street. The unnamed victim suffered severe burns after his vehicle caught on fire following a collision with a car police were pursuing. Despite having no involvement with the pursuit, the officers allegedly decided to attack the man without asking questions even though his clothing had been fully engulfed in flames just moments before and he was seriously wounded.

Local authorities, including the Jersey City mayor, have condemned the officers’ alleged actions and are calling for a full investigation and possible charges. The Jersey City Police Department has not yet named or suspended the officers involved. The wounded victim shown in the video is now fighting for his life in an area hospital, yet is expected to survive.

This apparent act of excessive force is shocking and the officers involved must be held accountable if the video accurately portrays this man’s senseless beating. Sign the petition below to demand the maximum penalty for these officers if they are found guilty.


Dear Ms. Suarez,

It is unthinkable that a group of police officers sworn to protect the public would viciously attack an innocent man moments after he emerged from a burning vehicle, yet this is the shocking allegation several Jersey City police officers are now facing. After a vehicle they were pursuing had crashed into another car, resulting in a fiery crash, video appears to show a man, who has been identified as an innocent bystander, with his clothes on fire moments before several officers appear to start kicking him and dragging him into the street.

While it is possible that the officers may have incorrectly identified this victim as the suspect, it is both dangerous and irresponsible that they may have attacked this severely wounded man without first asking questions or offering him assistance. We, the undersigned, demand that this alleged case of excessive force be prosecuted, and that the officers be given the maximum penalty for their actions if they are found guilty.


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Photo Credit: Adam R. Moreira

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  1. Denise Kastner says:

    The majority of Police perform a risky and stellar job. For those who don’t reflect badly on them. There is a growing cynicism toward the Police. Terminate and prosecute the Police who commit crimes. Had I done that, I would have been arrested, justifying, for assault. My hope is he hires an aggressive Attorney and sues. I would.

  2. If they are guilty, this is a heinous crime, as they viciously attacked an injured man who needed help.
    I disagree with Denise that most cops perform a ‘…stellar job’. There are many criminal cops out there and they all cover for each other. They protect criminal cops! That doesn’t sound too stellar to me. People have good reason to be cynical.

  3. Leigh vice says:

    You are right, b denno….I am an elderly woman and many years ago police were respected and did the right thing. Today, I don’t like any of them because they are for the most part bullies and think they can do anything. When they strap on that gun and badge they think they can do anything they want. I live in a relatively small town and have been given tickets, talked to in the most arrogant way and the mayor condones it all. All this for feeding a group of cats that I had fixed, had their shots that live behind a grocery store. It is NOT against any town ordinance. I have been followed, stopped for no reason. I would never call them for any reason.

    • I think it’s an outrage how you, Leigh – a compassionate person helping cats – are being treated so badly and shamefully by the cops and mayor in your town! They should be ashamed of themselves.
      I, like you, would never call cops for help. Too many people have called them for help and either they or a family member or friend has ended up dead.

  4. Dismiss and Punish Police for Alleged Beating of Innocent Car Crash Victim.

    He don’t belong in a Police force whats so ever.

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