Monday, September 12, 2016, 15:55 A minor injured during a police raid on Nahaliel on
the morning of Monday, September 12, was evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem escorted by policemen, while handcuffed and leg-cuffed. The minor suffered injuries to his face caused by police brutality. The minor stated that during his detention a police detective smashed his face into rocks while derisively asking, “Why are you falling?”
A representative of Honenu who accompanied the minor to the medical center reported that at almost 16:00 the police still refused to allow the minor to speak with an attorney even though he had been detained at 7:00 in the morning.
Honenu reports that the detective who detained the minor and severely injured him is known to the organization from prior incidents of threatening detainees and violent conduct against minors.
Several weeks ago Honenu Attorney Menasheh Yado filed a complaint against this detective on behalf of a 14-year old minor who complained that he had been slapped in the face while waiting to be interrogated at the Central Unit of Yehuda and Shomron Police Station. In another incident the detective was documented by a police camera as he threatened with his fist a handcuffed detainee sitting in a police car.
Honenu: “This is a serious incident of police brutality against a minor, and apparently the behavior is recurring. This is neither the first nor the second complaint filed against the same police detective. We hope that he will be investigated and brought to justice for his actions which prima facie constitute a serious criminal violation. The police must eliminate from their midst all violent policemen.”
One of the minors detained in Nahaliel on the morning of Monday, September 12, was released after being interrogated on suspicion of assaulting a policeman. Two other minors have been scheduled for a deliberation later the same day at the Jerusalem Magistrate Court where they will be represented by Honenu Attorney Sinaiya Moses-Harizi.
Photo: Injured minor; Photo credit: Honenu