The Justice Ministry’s Internal Affairs Division for investigating complaints
against police published a report on cases that it views as embodying its work,
including the decision to close the case against the police who tasered settler
activist Boaz Albert.
A statement referred to the report as the fifth
edition of a journal dedicated to highlighting policy, guidelines and major
developments for police across the country and the entire law enforcement
With a primarily twopronged focus, the statement said the
report seeks a balance of showcasing recent decisions against police to hammer
home the division’s tough stance on cases of physical or sexual abuse by police,
while also drawing attention to cases that were closed, to show the department
will back police when appropriate so that they can feel able to enforce the law,
including using force, when necessary.
On the backing police’s right and
duty to use force where necessary, the report highlighted the complaints against
the police who tasered Albert in August.
The tasering grabbed headlines
partially because it was caught on YouTube and it appeared police were
needlessly tasering Albert multiple times while he lay motionless on the floor
presenting no active resistance.
The report recalled last week’s decision
to close the case, noting that Albert was being arrested for violating an IDF
order to stay out of the West Bank and that, in certain circumstances, police
are permitted to taser someone who is passively lying on the ground to resist
Also, the report said that the police had encountered rock
throwing from Albert’s supporters, that the video was edited and portrayed out
of context and that the entire operation was on a tight time frame to avoid an
extended confrontation or escalation with Albert’s supporters.
the Albert case, the report highlights two cases of police being convicted for
sexual abuse or violations.
In one case, a high ranking policeman was
sentenced to eight years in prison for a variety of sexual assault and
harassment violations against junior policewomen under his command.
report noted the court’s emphasis on the policeman’s improper abuse of his
seniority in age and rank as well as the general damage his actions did to the
image of the police and the public’s faith in the institution.
case cited, involved a conviction of one of the top police commanders both for
failing to transmit to Internal Affairs complaints from junior policewomen under
his command against another senior policeman for sexually indecent
The policeman was also convicted of perjuring himself during the
investigation, with the court finding that he intentionally chose to try to
coverup both the complaints of sexual indecency on top of his failure to report
Finally, the report addresses two cases of physical
In one case, Internal Affairs appealed a light punishment and
obtained a harsher punishment for a police officer who repeatedly beat a minor
who was already in custody under suspicion of causing disturbing
There, the court noted that the officer repeatedly beat the minor
in the drive to the police station and at the station – more than enough times
to show it was not to arrest the minor and that it was not a momentary lapse by
In the second case, the policeman was exonerated on charges
of beating an arrested suspect with a large flashlight.
Unlike the first
case, this complainant substantially resisted arrest, including needing to be
dragged out from under a car, which also provided a legitimate alternate
explanation for his injuries.