Complaint: Unjustified use of pepper spray

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 21:14 In early December 2018, near Geulat Tzion in the Shilo Bloc, a border policeman was filmed spraying pepper spray at civilians indiscriminately and contrary to regulations. Approximately five youths were lightly injured as a result of the spray. The incident occurred after an incident in which Arabs and left-wing activists created unrest in the area. This week, Honenu Attorney Menashe Yado filed a complaint against the policeman in which he described the incident: “At a certain stage, the border policeman got out of the Jeep and, without justification, threatened to spray pepper spray. He carried out the threat, as documented in the video clip. Spraying pepper spray under those circumstances is contrary to common sense and the binding guidelines. There is no connection between the circumstances of the incident and the exceptional and specific circumstances under which it is permissible to spray people with pepper spray.” Yado demanded that “the appropriate action be taken against the border policeman who sprayed the pepper spray,” and mentioned that he also intends to file a civil suit against him. On Thursday, January 3, as Amona was being cleared out, the same border policeman was filmed threatening youths on a bus with pepper spray, contrary to regulations and it appears that he sprayed youths at the site several times.

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