An unarmed Charedi boy with special needs was brutally beaten by Israeli cops on Wednesday, Lag, B’Omer, in an incident that has many demanding outraged and demanding answers and justice. Making matters worse is video footage clearly indicating a different story then how it was explained by police.
According to multiple reports, the incident unfolded when officials dismantled a bonfire that was not in compliance with regulations. This occurred on Rashi Street at the corner of Techakmuni Street in the Mekor Baruch section of Jerusalem. Reports cited claims from police officials that the young man had pushed an off-duty female police officer (wearing civilian clothing) and was shouting at her. He apparently came out from an apartment nearby, which houses and cared for special needs children.
She phoned for backup and when police responded, the nightmare began.
One can see the pain of the young man as he was tackled to the ground by police, blood pouring from open wounds on his face, and screaming for assistance. While some of the persons in the area tried explaining to police that the young man is autistic, they were not showing any mercy and were unwilling to release him or dial back the force used, despite his painful cries.
The teenager can be seen, clearly in distress and pain, repeatedly shouting: “Mommy, I want to go home” and “Help, save me.”
The boy is enrolled in the “Siach Sod” program for children with special needs. They immediately sent someone to the site along with a social worker. When police realized their error, the young man was released.
In an official statement released to the media on Thursday morning, police state: “During a routine police enforcement operation yesterday regarding a bonfire that posed a danger to the surrounding area in the Makor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem, police encountered violence from tens of protesters, including rock-throwing and hurling objects at police.
“According to the preliminary probe into the incident, a young man went wild against police and attacked a policewoman. During the arrest of the suspect, he resisted and was wild, sustaining facial injuries. Immediately after being arrested, when his disabilities became clear, the officer on the scene decided to release him immediately and he was treated by Magen David Adom. A full investigation into the incident has been launched.”
However, video footage provided to YWN shows an entirely different story than what police are claiming.
In the video below, we see how the female officer was not even near the victim, and watch how officers touched the victim first, prompting the autistic teen to run, and eventually be violently and brutally beaten.
Sources tell YWN that there is even more video footage to prove that the cops acted in a violent matter, and then blatantly lied about what occurred.
Rav Shimon Levi, CEO of Siach Sod told the media: “We regret the grave and unfortunate incident. Parallel to the professional treatment given to the boy, we are working in coordination with the family and with legal assistance in order to ascertain his rights. We will have a dialogue with police, and we will do everything possible so that such difficult incidents will not reoccur”.
“It is heartbreaking to think about this special teenager and what he has gone through,” said MK Meir Porush. “Watching footage of the grave violence he suffered is intolerable and the hate and inhumanity displayed by the officers is impossible to understand.”
Porush called on Acting Police Chief Motti Cohen and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to immediately expel the officers.
MK (Shas) Yinon Azoulai on Thursday morning released a statement calling for the suspension of the policemen who beat the autistic youth. “The assault on the child is disgusting and inhuman. The policeman who beat the boy is a sadist and unworthy of serving in the police. I call upon the Minister of Public Security to remove the policeman who beat him and to suspend the other policemen who were present on the scene and did not prevent this until the matter was clarified”.
Meretz MK Ilan Gilon said “the video’s content is worrying and the images are shocking and raise suspicion that excessive force was employed, while totally ignoring the citizen’s disability.” He called police’s conduct “outrageous, violent and disproportionate.”
Blue and White party No. 2 Yair Lapid said on Twitter that it was a “horrifying clip” and similarly called on police to “urgently” investigate the matter.
זה סרטון מזעזע שפוצע את הלב ומרתיח את הדם. המשטרה חייבת לבדוק את העניין הזה בדחיפות. https://t.co/JnVZy0A0xR
— יאיר לפיד Yair Lapid (@yairlapid) May 23, 2019
Lawmakers from the left-wing Meretz party also called on authorities to thoroughly investigate the incident.
אלימות משטרתית היא איום על הדמוקרטיה והיא תמיד מופנית קודם כלפי מוחלשים, מיעוטים, חסרי קול. פונה הבוקר למפכ״ל המשטרה בדרישה לחקור את המקרה ברצינות, למצות את הדין ובעיקר להסיק מסקנות עומק ורוחב להתנהלות המשטרה מול אזרחים https://t.co/JFMVdH5whQ
— תמר זנדברג (@tamarzandberg) May 23, 2019
ככה זה שאין מפכ"ל כבר חצי שנה, שוטרים "גיבורים" מפוצצים נער חרדי לוקה בנפשו, מפרקים אותו והפרצוף שלו מלא בדם. מקווה שההורים של השוטרים האלה יראו את הסרטון.
— יענקי פרבר (@yankihebrew) May 23, 2019
אהלן דוברות משטרת ישראל.
מצטט מתוך תגובתכם הבוקר על תקיפת הנער אתמול: "במהלך הפעילות תקף צעיר את אחת השוטרות".
עכשיו בואו נצפה ביחד בתיעוד נוסף מהאירוע וננסה למצוא ביחד את תקיפת השוטרת החמודה שלנו pic.twitter.com/fZlVHL2XsC
— מלך זילברשלג (@ze_lama) May 23, 2019
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem/Photo Credit:” “מחאות החרדים הקיצונים)