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The Justice Ministry is considering indicting a Tel Aviv police officer for
using a Taser gun in an incident that occurred two years ago, a spokeswoman said
on Monday night.
An investigation and a hearing had been held on the
matter and a decision regarding indictment will be made in this week or next,
In the Tel Aviv incident the officer used the Taser gun on a
detainee while he was in the patrol car and then later at the station, where he
allegedly shocked the man in order to show other officers the effects of the
The report of the possible indictment comes in the backdrop of
Thursday night’s highly publicized arrest of Boaz Albert
in which officers
delivered electric shocks to his chest as he lay on the ground.
case has been highly publicized in the media, because the incident was caught on
video. Based on the video, Albert was not resisting arrest when the Taser gun
was used against him.
His attorney Yitzhak Baum has filed a complaint
with the police and with the department’s investigatory unit against the actions
of the Special Patrol Unit officers from Judea and Samaria.
Police Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino suspended the use of Taser guns by police
pending the results of the investigation into Albert’s arrest.
Danino’s assistant Yoav Telem responded to Baum, to explain that the Police
Investigations Unit was looking into the Albert incident and that after that an
investigative team appointed by Danino would examine the matter.
explained that the police procedures with regard to Taser guns were up to date
and in line with international standards.
Telem added that without any
connection to the Albert case, the police did from time to time reexamine its
Albert, a father of six, was arrested on Thursday night at
his home in Yitzhar for violating an administrative restraining order that
banned him from the West Bank for six months.