A Jerusalem court sentenced Tuesday a border policeman who was filmed severely beating an American-Palestinian teen to six weeks of community service.
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In July 2014, two days after the murder of the teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, three policemen were filmed beating and kicking 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a relative of Mohammed and a U.S. citizen. The event took place during violent demonstrations in East Jerusalem neighborhood Shoafat.
According to the police, Tariq Abu Khdeir had been caught wearing a mask and holding a slingshot. But after he was handcuffed he was beaten badly.
“In these circumstances there was no need and no justification to exert further force against the complainant,” Magistrate’s Court Judge Dana Cohen-Lekach ruled. Despite this, the defendant beat the complainant with his fists and kicked him in the head, face, shoulders and upper body until the latter’s senses became blurred.”
Afterward, while the boy’s hands were bound, the policeman “dragged him on the floor with his head hanging and kicked him in the stomach,” she wrote.
Later, two policemen joined the defendant to help him lead the boy and “the defendant again kicked the boy in the face,” the verdict says.
Abu Khdeir required medical treatment. The policeman, whose name was not released, signed a plea bargain in which he admitted the charges against him.
The prosecution asked the court to sentence the policeman to seven months in prison.
The judge took into consideration mitigating circumstances such as the policeman’s lack of a criminal record, positive character references and the fact that the policeman lost his job after the incident.