Video appears to show NJ cop car deliberately hitting suspect, report says
JERSEY CITY — Authorities are investigating an incident caught on tape in which a city police vehicle appears to strike a suspect — twice.
The video was obtained by Univision 41 and aired Thursday in a report that says that the second vehicle strike appears to be intentional.
A spokeswoman for the city said Friday that the incident is being investigated as a matter of course.
"An individual was injured during the process of making an arrest," spokeswoman Jennifer Morril said. "The officer involved reported the incident, and all documentation including video was immediately turned over to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, as we do with every incident where there is use of force or an individual is injured during police custody. The incident remains under investigation by the HCPO."
Authorities did not release other details about the arrest.
This is the second video this year showing a Jersey City police chase that ended in an injury.
In June, officers were suspended and Mayor Steven Fulop vowed to push for criminal charges after police officers were caught on video stomping and dragging a man who escaped from a fiery car crash. Police wrongly believed the victim was a suspect that they had been chasing through the city.
Officers have said they were trying to help the man by putting out the flames. They ended up breaking his ribs.
The officers in that case were returned to duty as an investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office continues.
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