Complaint filed against police brutality
Updated: Jun 20
Monday, September 18, 2017, 18:12 On the afternoon of Monday, September 18 eyewitnesses filmed a severe assault by policemen on a 17-year old youth being detained in the Shomron. Subsequently Honenu Attorney Nati Rom filed an urgent complaint with the Police Investigation Unit (PIU) against three detectives from the Central Unit of the Yehuda and Shomron Police. The police detectives were filmed choking the minor, throwing him onto the ground and hitting him, despite the fact that he was not resisting detention. “At approximately 15:00 today three plain-clothes policemen attacked my client in Har Bracha. The policemen did not identify themselves as is required by law and violently detained my client. They choked him and threw him on the ground without any justification whatsoever, being as my client was not resisting detention at all,” wrote Rom in the complaint to the PIU. Rom demanded that an investigation be opened immediately. The minor is suspected of violating an administrative order. Currently dozens of youths throughout Yehuda and Shomron are under restrictive administrative orders. Recipients of the orders are not brought to trial and are not presented with any evidence, leaving them with no opportunity to refute the claims against them. The orders are signed by the GOC of the Central Command Major-General Roni Numa and restrict the youths to varying degrees: distancing, house arrest, prohibition against making contact with certain individuals. “We have witnessed a serious incident, this time documented, of severe police brutality during the detention of a minor,” said Honenu Attorney Nati Rom, who arrived at the police station to assist the minor. “Three plain-clothes policemen, without badges or any identifying signs, jumped on my client without identifying themselves, severely beat him, and also choked him, without there being a need and with force greatly in excess of reasonable. The rights of my client were trampled. We filed an urgent complaint with the PIU on the matter. I sincerely hope that my client will be released and that the policemen who violently violated the law will be penalized to the full extent of the law,” he added.