The Police’s Internal Investigation’s Department on Monday indicted a detective who allegedly assaulted a settler teen ahead of the evacuation of an illegal outpost in the central West Bank.
Shlomi Nachman was charged with assault over the incident, which took place in December 2017.
According to the indictment, Nachman arrived at the Oz Zion outpost near the Beit El settlement with several other officers to enforce a closed military zone order signed by the head of the IDF’s Central Command.
When Nachman began reading out the military order to a pair of teens who were sitting inside an abandoned makeshift home on the hilltop, the boys began mocking him.
“Tell that to your grandmother,” the indictment quoted the complainant as taunting, along with other unspecified “disrespectful insults.”
Nachman’s fellow officer recorded the incident on a police camera and the teens, for their part, also filmed the interaction on their cell phones. Both were used along with testimony from witnesses in the indictment.
After Nachman finished reading the military order, he lost patience with the complainant and began beating him. The detective kneed the teen in the groin, punched him in the stomach, and hurled him to the floor, inflicting a head injury.
The policeman briefly left the structure only to return a short while later and began beating the teen again.
“You son of a bitch! Who are you to talk about my grandmother,” Nachman could be heard shouting as he rained blows on the teen, according to the indictment. “You homo!” a recording from one of the settlers’ phones caught him jeering.
The defendant only stopped beating the youth after his fellow officers dragged the teen away from the scene.
Despite the substantial head injury sustained by the boy, the police’s Internal Investigations Department avoided charging the officer with aggravated assault, instead indicting him on a less severe assault charge.
Responding to the indictment, Nachman’s attorney said that his client is “an outstanding policeman who operates in a difficult area throughout all hours of the day for the security of the residents in the area.”