Israel Police to Indict Cop Who Beat Palestinian Truck Driver, Won't Suffice With Reprimand

Moshe Cohen has confessed to the slapping, head-butting, kneeing and kicking of Mazen Shweiki that has been filmed and posted online.

Police officer caught on video attacking Palestinian truck driver.
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The police in the next few days will seek an indictment of the officer filmed last week assaulting a Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem.

The officer, Moshe Cohen, has since confessed and apologized for slapping, head-butting, kneeing and kicking Mazen Shweiki, but investigators say they will not suffice with an apology or disciplinary action.

Cohen, an officer in a special unit of the Jerusalem police, assaulted Shweiki in the Wadi al-Joz neighborhood. He was placed under house arrest and questioned for the incident that was captured on film and posted on the internet.

The Jerusalem police quickly released a statement saying they viewed such behavior as severe and unbecoming of a police officer.

In the video, Cohen also claims that Shweiki had run into his police car three days earlier and left the scene without leaving details.

In recent days, a number of witnesses have been questioned. After the incident, Shweiki told Haaretz that he has been unable to work.

Mazen Shweiki, a Palestinian truck driver beaten by an Israeli policeman, March 2017.

“It could be that I damaged his vehicle — it happens and I know there are cameras in the area. I didn’t run away I would have located him, or him me and I would have given him my details," Shweiki said after the incident.

"I'm a truck driver, not a criminal. There is nothing that justifies his behavior. I was just lucky that someone filmed the incident so that everyone can see what happened. I hope the police and the law enforcement agencies deal with him.”