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Monday, October 19, 2009

Border policeman admits beating revenant

A member of the border police's Yassam (special forces) unit has admitted beating a revenant during the evacuation of an 'illegal outpost' near Hashmonaim two years ago.

Let's go to the videotape with a raw video of the incident. More below.

A settler human rights organization filled a complaint to the Police Investigation Unit, after which Cohen was forced to undergo a disciplinary hearing.

At the hearing on Monday, Cohen confessed to the allegations against him. The tribunal will decide on his punishment at a later date.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled about six months ago that Cohen must pay 4,000 shekels in damages to the man. The prosecution demanded that the state pay the reparations, not Cohen. MK Michael Eitan appealed against this to the prosecution, claiming that the demand went against existing laws. Further discussion on the issue will take place Tuesday.
Very few of these incidents actually get prosecuted and fewer still result in fines for the police and compensation for the revenants. I believe the policeman should have to pay the compensation out of his own pocket. It would make him think twice about acting violently the next time. (For the record, 4,000 shekels is a bit more than $1,000 these days).

For a fuller description of the incident, read the whole thing.


At 10:37 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Not much of a deterrent to future police misconduct. I suppose in this case a small amount of justice is better than none at all.


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