No cops to be charged over serious injury to 9-year-old in East Jerusalem raid

The Justice Ministry’s police internal investigations unit has closed its investigation into the serious injury of a 9-year-old boy, who was apparently injured by a sponge-tipped bullet during a raid in East Jerusalem in February.

No officers will be charged over the incident in the neighborhood of Issawiya, according to Hebrew media reports.

Malik Eissa’s lawyer condemns the decision by the Justice Ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department, calling it “shameful.”

“If a policeman shot at a wall while children are returning from school, and a bullet hit Malek’s eye, this is the most serious possible negligence,” his attorney says, according to the Walla news site.

Eissa’s father has said his son went to a store to buy something. When he came out of the door “he was hit between the eyes.”

The father also denied there were demonstrations prior to the incident, as police have said.

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