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Video: Wild N.J. Pursuit Triggers $17M Lawsuit

August 03, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Wild N.J. Pursuit Triggers $17M Lawsuit

A wild police chase on the streets of New Jersey is now taking center stage in a lawsuit filed against Bergen County. It's the officers' actions that are the subject of an investigation.

The Aug. 17, 2010, chase took cops through six towns. Two men in a black SUV are seen on video fleeing the scene of a botched burglary. They speed through residential streets, weave through traffic and barely miss cars.

At one point, they swerve to avoid a police cruiser. The video was captured from the patrol car of two Bergen officers who were pursuing them. The video shows the suspects finally stopping after being hit by another car. That's when one of the officers is heard firing his weapon as a suspect runs into the woods.

Now, one of the suspects, Francesco Piserchia, 36, who is seen in custody on the video, is suing the Bergen County police for $17 million, alleging that he was surrendering when the officer opened fire.

Read the full CBS2 story.

Tags: Bergen County (N.J.) PD, Vehicle Pursuits, Lawsuits


Comments (4)

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Tom Ret @ 8/6/2012 5:29 PM

If this suspect gets a penny it will prove that our system has in deed broken down. Where has the common sense gone when applied to our laws and lawbreakers?

m61 @ 8/7/2012 6:38 AM

I find it interesting that the glossed over the lawsuit filed by the former head of internal affairs against the Bergen County Police. He filed a report that included mention of the gunshots, and photos of the spent rounds, after being told not to mention it. He has since been forced out of his position, been threatened by other officers and brass, and been ostracizied for not filing a false report. That lawsuit has been on going for quite a while. But the news report barely mentions it.

OCSO60 @ 8/7/2012 8:32 AM

Hey, m61, where did you get the facts on that?

JD @ 8/31/2013 5:48 AM

I see nothing wrong with this pursuit. And the lawsuit is probably being pushed by an ambulance chasing attorney.

However, the Bergen Police department has bigger issues with alleged corruption and officers who thing they have no boundary's. This department is Ripe for a full FBI investigation, if one hasn't already been initiated.

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