Citing “institutionalized racism and violence,” the Ethiopian-Israeli soldier whose video-taped beating at the hands of a police officer in Holon last month sparked multiple protests and riots, filed a NIS 390,000 lawsuit against Israel Police on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed by Damas Pakada’s attorney, Eyal Abulafia, at Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court.
Noting that the assault took place while Pakada was in uniform, the lawsuit stated that the attack was “an incidence of racism-motivated police violence,” adding that it was “among the most shocking seen in Israel and recent times.” Video footage of the April assault quickly went viral, causing outrage within Israel’s marginalized Ethiopian community.
Shortly after the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a meeting with Pakada to personally apologize. The officer responsible for the beating was suspended after the video, taken by a witness, was posted online.