Four people arrested outside Tel Aviv police headquarters during demonstration against the summoning of demonstrators including Amitai Aboudi
Amitai Aboudi, an 18-year-old protester against the government’s judicial overhaul who was allegedly assaulted by a police officer at a protest last week, was released Tuesday from police questioning for the third time amidst demonstrations outside the organization’s Tel Aviv headquarters against interrogations of high-profile demonstrators.
Four of Tuesday’s demonstrators were in turn arrested, and also later released.
Last week, the head of the Tel Aviv police’s Yasam special patrol unit, Yair Hanuna, was seen in widely circulated images apparently punching Aboudi after the 18-year-old had already been handcuffed.
In a video of Aboudi’s arrest, he is seen being hit and dragged by a group of police officers on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv.
In a photo of the incident, Hanuna can be seen apparently smiling while allegedly hitting Aboudi. Police have denied that Hanuna hit the teen after he was subdued.Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Editionby email and never miss our top storiesNewsletter email addressGET ITBy signing up, you agree to the terms
Police have accused Aboudi of trying to interfere with officers’ attempts to clear protesters from the Ayalon Highway after the government passed the first piece of legislation in its contentious judicial overhaul package.
Aboudi’s family filed a complaint against Hanuna with the Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department (PIID) after the incident. He was called in for a second round of questioning later last week, and summoned a third time on Tuesday.
Hanuna and four other officers were summoned on Monday for questioning by PIID investigators over allegations they used excessive force against protesters opposed to the government’s judicial overhaul. Around 30 demonstrators sought medical treatment after the protest.
Hanuna and the other officers are suspected of beating protesters in three separate incidents in Tel Aviv, Channel 12 news reported.
Multiple complaints by protesters have been filed against Hanuna, with allegations including that he broke a demonstrator’s nose at a rally about two weeks ago in Tel Aviv. Hanuna and the other four officers are set to be questioned again at PIID headquarters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
The officers involved were not wearing bodycams at the time of the arrest, in contravention of regulations, the Kan public broadcaster reported.
Police have defended officers’ conduct during the protests. National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir has backed up the officers, saying the PIID is trying to “threaten the Yasam commander of Tel Aviv, an outstanding officer, only because he acted to enforce the law with determination.”
Protesters arrived outside the station Tuesday to demonstrate against the summoning of Aboudi and Moshe Radman, the leader of the tech industry’s anti-overhaul protest group, to the station. Radman said he was initially not told why he was called in.
One of Tuesday’s demonstrators was arrested for allegedly attacking and injuring a police officer, police said. The officer received treatment for his hand at the scene. Three others were arrested for making noise above a level considered reasonable, police said in a statement. Demonstration organizers said that Ami Dror, a protest leader, was arrested by police while standing on the side of the demonstration.
According to the police, the protesters caused “unreasonable noise” above the legal limit while refusing to stop or give up their equipment, preventing the police from providing service.
Kan reported Tuesday evening that the police were implementing a new set of rules to deal with “unreasonable noise” during protests, which could be utilized anywhere and at any time.
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