A disturbing video doing rounds on the internet shows an Israeli police officer violently beating a Palestinian truck driver in the Wadi al-Joz neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
The cop first had a heated argument with the driver after ordering him to come out of his truck. The argument soon turned into a violent assault. The officer began head-butting, kicking and hitting the chauffeur repeatedly.
Apparently, the truck driver had hit the police officer’s parked car earlier, but he didn’t leave his insurance information thinking the security cameras in the area would track and contact him.
The Israeli cop belonging to the elite police reconnaissance unit called “Yasam” tracked down the driver, but he had no right to beat him up so brutally.
And it wasn’t just the driver who faced the enraged cop’s wrath — other Arab workers who were present at the scene were also subjected to the same disgusting treatment when they tried to intervene to calm the situation.
“Get out of here, all of you,” the policeman shouted, before pushing and kicking another man who was trying to help.
Once the video went viral, the authorities decided to suspend the officer.
“This behavior is grave, abnormal and is not in line with the kind of behavior expected of police officers,” the Israel Police said in a statement. “When we received the video, the police officer was immediately put on forced leave and will be summoned for a disciplinary hearing at a later stage. The Police Investigations Unit is examining the matter.”
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the incident “very grave and worthy of condemnation,” supporting the cop’s suspension.
The cop deserved a suspension but sadly Israeli police are known for harassing Palestinian people sometimes even without any reason. And there seems to be no answer as to when this brutality will end.
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