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Systemic Abuse

Police abuse with Pepper Spray

It’s stories like this that make one lose faith in the police and legal system.

(Video in Hebrew, but the attack is understandable in any language).

While sitting at a red light in Bnei Brak, an Israeli driver was pulled over by the police for talking on a phone.

The policeman then gave the driver a ticket for talking on the phone, and in the process, a second ticket for “interfering with a police officer”. When the driver asked why, the police responded with “Because”.

After the driver took the two tickets and went to return to his car, the policeman then sprayed the driver with pepper spray. The policeman drove off, telling 2 other parking police who were there that “they saw nothing, and to go away”. You can see them in the video walking away.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital by some people who passed by. Other pedestrians can be heard discussing how the policeman attacked him and then ran away.

You would think this driver was lucky that witnesses managed to video the entire assault by the policeman.

But no such luck.

For 4 months, the police investigative unit never investigated the event.

The driver then found out they cancelled his license because he missed his court date for “interfering with a policeman”. He missed it because he lost the ticket when the policeman attacked him.

The driver went to court to try to fight it, but the court refused to accept the video as evidence.

Is it any wonder that the average Israeli has no faith in the police or court system?

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16 Responses to “Systemic Abuse”

  1. unfortunatelly it is not better here in Haifa!they cover their asses all the way from the top down!

  2. THAT IS NOTHING WEN I WAS LIVING IN TEL AVIV ONE DAY I SAW A NON ISRAELI WAS SWINGING BOTTELS AT CARS I WENT TO THE POLICE AND TOLD THEM CLOSEBY AS I TOLD THEM AFTER THERE BROKEN ENGLISH AND MY BROKEN HEBREW THEY TOLD ME TO GO AND FILL OUT A REPORT AT THE STATION IN DIZENGOF WHAT IT IS HAPPENING NOW SO I KEEP ON WALKING AND THEY KEEP ON EATING THERE DOWNUTS AND THISS IS THE POEPEL WHO MUST PROTECT US HA HA

  3. Graham Coffey says:

    If that is the end result of a Jewish ideal I have held onto for 60 years, then all I can say is I am disappointed beyond even my own understanding. This type of human interaction….the authoritative form spraying the capsicum spray…..is exactly no different than viewing Jewish men and women in Europe through WW2 being attacked by anti-Semitic Police Officers and rabid citizens. Israel…of all nations, has nothing to be proud of in allowing itself to sink this low on the human chain of civilised behaviour……Israeli's have enough to contend with, without turning on each other in this matter…..

  4. Israel Perez says:

    lol and who died and rose again and left you a ruler. this can be really funny stuff if you let it get to you.

  5. Unbelievable that that is possible in israel… Not Much better then their neighbours anymore I guess!

  6. Tony Mark says:

    There are stupid and corrupt police all over the world… Stories like these do NOT only happen in Israel….

  7. Yori Mendel says:

    Good. No one should be driving, while talking on a Cell Phone. Absolutely No One. Too many Accidents happen because of this Worldwide. In most places it’s a Crime.

  8. We have case ofcorruption of the police bruality in lot places

  9. We have case ofcorruption of the police bruality in lot places

  10. In my experience Police believe theya re above the law. This is sad but not a surprise.

  11. Robert Furst says:

    Police men are lacking below the belt

  12. Stephen Morgan says:

    I've often thought about living in Israel, but after seeing this, I know I definitely won't. It makes American Police Officers look good! Terrible abuse of power. Where is justice? Good Ole Boy system in the Holy Land. Oui vey.

  13. Larry H. Gentry says:

    What a thoughtful statement. Not.

  14. Larry H. Gentry says:

    I would love to move to Israel, sir. One incident does not make a country or the USA would be in extreme trouble. God bless.

  15. Please don't let this incident discourage you. Make Aliyah, so you can make a difference. We need your votes! If you just sit there in the US, then you are allowing this to continue. Be the change!

  16. Earl W. Littlefield Jr says:

    Definitely not appropriate police behavior in any 'civilized' country.

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