Police: ‘We flip off physique cams when approaching minors’

Cops flip off their physique cams when approaching or arresting minors, N12 police affairs correspondent Moshe Nussbaum mentioned Tuesday afternoon, citing a response from regulation enforcement.

“There is no such thing as a physique cam footage from this incident, as [the suspect] is a minor,” Israel Police informed Nussbaum relating to a viral video of a 13-year-old Extremely-Orthodox Haredi woman being detained over sporting a face masks incorrectly.

“In such circumstances, the officer turns off the recording,” the remark reportedly learn. 

13-year-old Bessy Getter was sporting a face masks whereas pushing a stroller down the road, taking it “off for a couple of minutes as a result of she was ingesting a slushie,” the woman’s father informed N12. The woman herself informed the media outlet she was informed by police she could be taken to the station in response to her pleading she was sporting the masks.

“In full distinction to what has been reported, the officers observed [the] 13.5-year-old woman on the road not sporting a face masks in violation of the emergency laws, however didn’t hand her a tremendous,” police mentioned in a press release to the press Monday afternoon after the video exhibiting the woman’s detainment went viral.

“The officers requested her to placed on a masks and let her go,” Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit added. “That is yet one more false, distorted report, and is a part of a latest marketing campaign in opposition to police and officers who defend public well being.”


Israel Police’s broad enforcement of the emergency laws got here below heavy criticism over the past a number of weeks amid rising claims of police brutality.

On Monday, Public Safety Minister Amir Ohana requested Legal professional-Basic Avichai Mandelblit enable the discharge of physique cam footage from the alleged circumstances of violence with out the supplies being thought of a disruption of the ongiong investigations of the circumstances, N12 reported.
Ohana’s request got here following a video of a violent arrest of a 24-year-old in Holon, south of Tel Aviv, over the weekend. The video reveals the person being approached by two uniformed officers for not sporting a masks. The person was tased and crushed by the officers whereas on the bottom, requiring medical care following his arrest.

Final Wednesday, video of the arrest of an autistic teenager prompted outrage on social media. Shot within the southern metropolis of Dimona, the video confirmed the special-needs 17-year-old being violently subdued by regulation enforcement.

“The child is damaged. It’s disgraceful,” the boy’s father informed N12. “They broke two of his tooth, they broke his face, he’s fully lined in blood,” he added. “If police behave in such a way, they’re a gang” fairly than regulation enforcement.

“What’s the downside with giving him a NIS 500 ($145.5) tremendous? Why would you beat him? They are saying he refused to determine, however the police officer is a neighbor who lives close by,” he continued. 

“The child is in particular training and has particular wants and sluggish growth. He didn’t even know what they need from him and why they’re beating him,” he mentioned. “It’s disturbing and horrible.”

Police responded to the video, saying a “preliminary examination concluded that the officers first gave a warning. A short while afterwards, they noticed the teenager and his good friend as soon as once more with out face masks.”


In line with police, “the 17-year-old refused to determine himself, after which the officers knowledgeable him he was being delayed. After he continued resisting and refusing to determine, they had been compelled to arrest him.”

Additionally final Wednesday, the Knesset rejected a movement by MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz) to inquire latest circumstances of alleged police brutality in opposition to residents.

The movement was submitted by Zandberg following the controversial arrest of retired IAF officer Brig.-Gen. Amir Haskel at a protest outdoors Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residency in Jerusalem.


“The obligation of police is to take care of public order and defend the general public from crime. [Israel] Police’s brutal conduct towards harmless civilians and the disproportionate use of energy have turn into an unusual factor,” Zandberg mentioned in her movement.

“Residents have to be sure that disproportionate violence isn’t used and that police work for them and never in opposition to them,” Zandberg added.

The movement was to be voted upon on the one-year anniversary Ethiopian-Israeli Solomon Tekah’s killing by police and the demise of special-needs Palestinian Iyad al-Hallak shot by Border Police a month prior within the Previous Metropolis of Jerusalem.