Fellow City police officers showed their support today at the arraignment of four officers charged in connection to a high-speed chase in which shots were fired at the moving vehicle and an innocent bystander was beaten.
JERSEY CITY — More than a dozen city police officers showed their support today at the arraignment of three current and one former officer charged in a high-speed chase in which shots were fired at the moving vehicle and an innocent bystander was beaten while on fire.
Attorneys for Officers Eric Kosinski, Francisco Rodriguez, Lt. Keith Ludwig and former Officer MD Kahn entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of their clients at this morning’s hearing before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Nesle Rodriguez.
The officers turned themselves in on Nov. 3 after being indicted in connection to the chase involving Leo Pinkston, 48, which left the innocent bystander critically injured after a fiery crash on Tonnelle Avenue at North Street on June 4.
Some 15 Jersey City police officers sat in the back two rows of the courtroom for the proceedings. Prior to the hearing the defendants and the other officers, who were not in uniform, milled around together in the hallway.
The defendants, who stood next to their attorneys and did not say a word during the hearing, appeared calm throughout the proceedings.
Officer Rodriguez’ attorney, Brian Neary, said issue of the officers’ use of force will be critical from the moment the defense receives the grand jury transcript.
“The issues of the use of reasonable force will continue throughout this case,” Neary said after the hearing in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City. “Frank Rodriguez was exercising the authority he has to protect himself, his fellow officers and the citizens of Jersey City.”
Khan and Kosinski are charged with firing at Pinkston’s moving vehicle at Tonnelle and Carlton avenues during the chase, which began in Greenville when police tried to stop Pinkston because his vehicle matched the description of one involved in a shooting, officials said.
Khan and Kosinski are charged with attempted murder, counts of aggravated assault, and weapons offenses. The indictment states that one of Khan’s shots struck Pinkston in the leg.
During Khan and Kosinski’s first court appearance on the charges on Nov. 3, Khan’s lawyer, Daniel Welsh, said he was “doing his job trying to protect the people of Jersey City and it’s a real shame …read more
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