Police appear to fudge facts on use of water cannon against protesters

Facing accusations they made illicit use of water cannons against anti-government protesters over the summer, the police have fudged dates pertaining to their own regulations on use of the cannon, Times of Israel sister site Zman Yisrael reports.

The website says police have attempted to present a false claim that a change to their regulations — shortening the allowed distance for use of the cannon from 20 to 13 — occurred prior to the incident in which a protester was hit directly in the head with a water jet, even though the regulations were only changed days later.

The moment a demonstrator is hit in the face with a stream of liquid from a water cannon at a demonstration against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, July 2020 (Screen grab/Channel 12)

The report says police presented the man’s lawyers with various documents with incorrect and misleading dates pertaining to the change in regulations, as he seeks compensation for the injuries he suffered.

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