MOJ: Police Taser use legal in arrest of West Bank settler Boaz Albert

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 26, 2013 13:29

The Ministry of Justice contended on Tuesday that Border Police acted legally when using a Taser gun during the controversial arrest of West Bank settler Boaz Albert in August, as the ministry deemed he had resisted authorities.

Albert was arrested on August 15 for violating an administrative restraining order mandating that the father-of-six stay away from Judea and Samaria, even though he lived in the West Bank Yitzhar settlement.

Albert made headlines in August, when he became the face of a public-relations campaign against the IDF practice of issuing restraining orders banning certain settlers from the West Bank and against the police use of Taser guns.

Further controversy ensued when a video emerged showing officers dragging a non-resisting Albert out of his home.

The ministry stated that in some circumstances, the police are allowed to taser someone who is passively lying on the ground to resist arrest.

Although, according to the ministry, the video had been tampered with and the footage had therefore been portrayed out of context. The ministry added that images had been omitted from the video of settlers throwing rocks at police in retaliation.


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