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Video shows cop manhandling maskless teens, while failing to wear one himself

Tiberias incident caught on camera by youths; police say the teens hurled rocks at officers — but the officer will be fined for failure to cover up

Illustrative: A police officer in Bnei Brak on October 18, 2020.  (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
Illustrative: A police officer in Bnei Brak on October 18, 2020. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A policeman was caught on camera this week scrapping with teens in the northern city of Tiberias who were not wearing face masks — while failing to wear one himself.

Sunday’s incident evolved into a violent confrontation, with the cop seen manhandling one of the teens, as they questioned why he did not have a mask on.

In the video, a filming teen repeatedly asks the officer: “Why don’t you have a mask?” The policeman replies with “scram” and “get out of here.”

He eventually dons a mask before appearing to assault the person filming, and then attempts to arrest another and push him into the squad car.

Police said the teens hurled rocks at the cop and “when he attempted to arrest one of them, the stone barrage intensified. The young man fled with the help of his friends who continued to hurl rocks and curse the team.”

They said one of the teens was later brought in for questioning.

But police said the policeman was also to be fined for his failure to wear a mask.

Mask-wearing is currently mandatory in all public spaces as Israel attempts to emerge from a second-wave national lockdown. The fine for failing to do so stands at NIS 500 ($150).

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