Police officer suspended after pulling sidelocks of protesting Haredi man

A police officer filmed over the weekend pulling the sidelocks of an ultra-Orthodox man during a protest in Beit Shemesh is suspended pending an investigation.

The incident took place Friday during protests by ultra-Orthodox residents against the demolition of a local building, the Haaretz daily reports.

Police attempted to clear the protesters, and were filmed in one case accompanying a Haredi man toward a cruiser, when one officer grabs the man’s sidelock, apparently to pull his head down to steer him into the car.

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