I'm disappointed by this decision, because based on the Or Comission report, there should be some indictments here. However, I'm not surprised. I'm an attorney who has studied police misconduct investigations, and I can't think of a single country - even those that are regarded as peaceful and humane democracies - that has a good track record of prosecuting such misconduct. Usually, there are two factors that work together to impede police misconduct investigations. First, disciplinary boards and courts tend to give the benefit of every doubt to the police on the ground that they had to make split-second decisions in dangerous situations. Second, the victims and their families usually distrust the investigators and therefore don't cooperate fully with the probe. I've seen this happen often in the United States and Britain (where nobody was ever indicted for Bloody Sunday) and it seems that both factors were also at work in Israel. There are a few ways to go from here. I'd like to see the Attorney General review the evidence, especially with respect to the high level commanders. I'd also like to see the state award civil compensation to the victims rather than fighting lawsuits in the courts. And of course the police should continue to do everything they've been doing since October 2000 to rebuild trust in the Arab community.
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