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A Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem complained to the Justice
Ministry department that investigates police misconduct on Thursday
after a police officer shocked him five times with an electric stun gun
in front of his five children on Tuesday.
The Palestinian, 42-year-old Talal Siad of the A-Tur neighborhood, was
shot while out with his family at a Tel Aviv water park celebrating the
Id al-Fitr holiday. Siad checked himself into the hospital suffering
from burns and nausea.
The incident took place after Tel Aviv police were called to Meymadion
Water Park to control a brawl. Officers used pepper spray to subdue one
of the participants. Siad, who was not involved in the brawl, attracted
the officers' attention by telling them they were using the irritant too
"I was there with my family, my five children and my wife; we went out
to have fun on our holiday," he told Haaretz. "Suddenly there was a
confrontation between a few security men and kids who were fighting
among themselves. The officers wanted to arrest the boy who was seen
naked in the closed-circuit television system. He fell down and they
sprayed him in the face.
"I saw them repeat that action several times, and then got up with my
3-year-old in my arms and shouted at them to stop. I told the policeman,
'What are you doing? You're killing those kids,' and he told me to
leave. I said, 'You're being unreasonable, you go away.'"
In response, Siad said, the policemen threatened him with the Taser. "I
shouted, 'Do you want to shoot me?' and then he shot me in the
stomach,'" Siad added.
The whole event was filmed by several of the bathers at the park. In
the films, one can clearly see the policemen using the stun gun while
The Taser is meant to aid policemen in controlling suspects until they
are handcuffed, and its use is prohibited from that moment on. But the
films prove that the policemen continued shocking Siad in front of the
other bathers even after he was handcuffed and could not have presented
any danger to them.
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