A police officer enforcing the lockdown in the ultra-Orthodox West Bank settlement of Betar Ilit, south of Jerusalem, was caught on camera throwing a bucket at a boy and grabbing him around the neck.
According to police, the boy had thrown a heavy stone at a police car before the incident, as worshippers assaulted officers attempting to close down synagogues violating the coronavirus lockdown regulations.
The boy was taken for questioning to the Betar Ilit police station on suspicion of assaulting officers, said police.
Officers arrived on the scene to close a synagogue that was operating against regulations, and in the subsequent clashes, a policeman was caught on camera shoving a man carrying a baby. One man was arrested in the clashes.
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The police said earlier that officers had located a number of synagogues in Betar Ilit operating against government regulations, and found dozens of people praying there. The police said that the officers instructed the people to disperse and handed out fines for failure to wear a mask and prohibited presence in a public space.
The police said in response: “While dispersing dozens of people in Betar Ilit, stones and objects were thrown at the officers. A suspect who was seen throwing a stone at a police car was arrested by the officers. Nevertheless, we take a severe view of the officer’s conduct at the scene which goes against the values of the organization. Thus the district chief ordered that the documentation be immediately sent to the unit that investigates police misconduct.”