5 cops summoned for questioning over use of excessive force against protesters

Anti-judicial overhaul activists clash with police as they block Jerusalem's Begin Road, near the Knesset, on July 24, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Anti-judicial overhaul activists clash with police as they block Jerusalem's Begin Road, near the Knesset, on July 24, 2023. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Five police officers, including riot police officer Yair Hanuna, have been summoned for questioning by the Police Internal Investigations Department over allegations of police brutality against anti-overhaul protesters.

The questioning is slated to take place on Wednesday at PIID headquarters in Tel Aviv.

Multiple complaints have reportedly been filed against Hanuna, including that he broke a protester’s nose. Hanuna was seen in a widely circulated video punching a teenage protester last week after the teen had already been handcuffed.

Police have been accused of using excessive force during protests in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last Monday, in the hours after the Knesset passed the “reasonableness law,” leading to around 30 protesters seeking medical treatment.

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