The Public Defender's Office on Wednesday released security camera footage of policemen beating a suspect lying seemingly defenseless on the floor. The video shows police kicking the 24-year-old suspect and electrifying him with a Taser.
The incident took place last month in south Tel Aviv. Police were called to store after the owner complained that the suspect was causing disturbances. After a foot chase, the suspect entered a jewelery store, where patrol officers caught him.
The suspect is known to the police, as he has a history of theft, drugs and property crimes. From the footage, however, it does not appear as though he was posing a threat to the officers. Tasers deliver powerful electric currents, and police are only supposed to use them in situations where the suspect is trying to flee or is endangering another person's life.
Despite the images seen in the video, the policemen have filed an indictment against the suspect, charging him with attacking a police officer.