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Jerusalem - Israeli Police Under Fire For Using Force To Detain Autistic Chasidic Young Man

Published on: May 23, 2019 10:20 AM
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Police arresting an ultra-Orthodox teenager with autism in Jerusalem, May 22, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)Police arresting an ultra-Orthodox teenager with autism in Jerusalem, May 22, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)

Jerusalem - A video clip showing police officers using force to detain an ultra-Orthodox young man in Jerusalem has been flooding Israeli social media on Thursday.  The clip shows several policemen pushing down a young man, who was injured and bleeding from his face, and arresting him. According to witnesses, the young man was autistic.

The incident began after the authorities arrived to extinguish a fire, which was ignited in a problematic spot for the Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer, and encountered opposition from the boys.

According to the police, the young man was arrested by a detective after attacking another detective dressed as a civilian. Border Police officers intervened only after the disturbances began and continued the arrests

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In the video, the boy can be heard shouting “Mami, Mami, want to go home” and “save me.”

The police said that “during police activity yesterday (Wednesday) to enforce the prohibition of igniting bonfires in dangerous places that could endanger life, in the Makor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem the police encountered violence by dozens of rioters, including them throwing stones, objects and attacking policemen.”

“From an initial investigation into the event it appears that a young man attacked one policewoman. During the arrest the suspect resisted, went wild and got wounded in the face. Immediately after the arrest and after his disability became evident, the present officer ordered his immediate release and he was treated on the ground by Mada. However, the circumstances of the incident are being thoroughly checked and investigated,” the police claimed.

MK Yair Lapid, number two of the Blue and White party and himself the father of a child with autism, reacted to the video on Twitter, saying “this is a shocking and heartbreaking video and makes my blood boil. The police must examine this matter urgently. “

Meretz chairman Tamar Zandberg sent a letter to the police commissioner on the subject, stating that “police violence is a threat to democracy, and it is always first directed at the weak, minorities and voiceless. I turn to the police chief this morning with the demand to investigate the incident, bring it to justice, and mainly to draw in-depth and broad conclusions on the police’s conduct vis-a-vis the citizens.”

MK Ilan Gilon of Meretz also asked the police commissioner to investigate the incident. He also asked for a reference of the steps being taken by Israel Police in dealing with people with disabilities, following the State Comptroller’s report on the subject.



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 May 23, 2019 at 10:39 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

I wonder how the NYPD would have handled this.

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 May 23, 2019 at 10:57 AM Anonymous Says:

I am sick to my stomach, I too have a autistic bucher, but in order to prevent this from happening I make sure it have someone, i.e. brother, parent, caregiver present in any potentially volatile situation, even a flight to his yeshiva can cause him to act up, so I fly along yes it cost me $500 extra and a day off of work but it sure beat him getting into a confrontation with the flight crew or TSA.

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 May 23, 2019 at 11:03 AM Charedi Yid Says:

What is an autistic kid doing at the demonstration/Riots> I feel bad for him as he nebach does not know what he is dong. However, until the police realize the problem, how can you blame them, he attacked a policewoman with force. The real culprit is his parents or the organization that takes care of him - they should be locked up.

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 May 23, 2019 at 12:12 PM fat36 Says:

I to have a child with let’s say special needs as a parent I watch over that kid like anything and i definitely would not have my kid running alone in an environment that would put him in danger.At the end of the day if what I am reading is correct why are they making such a big deal unfortunately the kid was alone he attacked an officer and when they found out he has autism they released him right away

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 May 23, 2019 at 12:34 PM Secular Says:

Why is the autistic man near an unsecured bonfire...

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 May 23, 2019 at 03:26 PM Anonymous Says:

Generally speaking, these days, the Israeli police handle Hareidi demonstrators with kid gloves, even those who become belligerent. On the other hand, it is the Hareidi who resort to violence, especially attacks against the IDF in Mea Shearim, as well as attacks on women, whom they perceive as not being modestly dressed. Also, what about the attacks on cars, on Shabbos?

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 May 23, 2019 at 05:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Generally speaking, these days, the Israeli police handle Hareidi demonstrators with kid gloves, even those who become belligerent. On the other hand, it is the Hareidi who resort to violence, especially attacks against the IDF in Mea Shearim, as well as attacks on women, whom they perceive as not being modestly dressed. Also, what about the attacks on cars, on Shabbos?

generally speaking people commenting here have an IQ of at least a sweet potato obvuiuosly you prove that even that level is not required .

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 May 23, 2019 at 08:22 PM Autism Rights Advocate Says:

Reply to #3  
Charedi Yid Says:

What is an autistic kid doing at the demonstration/Riots> I feel bad for him as he nebach does not know what he is dong. However, until the police realize the problem, how can you blame them, he attacked a policewoman with force. The real culprit is his parents or the organization that takes care of him - they should be locked up.

Autistic people are full citizens with full rights, and they are not stupid.

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 May 24, 2019 at 04:10 AM Sholi-Katz Says:

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Autism Rights Advocate Says:

Autistic people are full citizens with full rights, and they are not stupid.

If he is not stupid why did he attack a police officer. Yes he has rights but not to punch a police in the face.

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 May 24, 2019 at 07:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Autism Rights Advocate Says:

Autistic people are full citizens with full rights, and they are not stupid.

Very stupid comment, my son has ASD and I wont trust him to be in a volatile situation, some people with autism can function with no intervention but may has strange behaviors others require 24/7 care

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 May 24, 2019 at 08:57 AM Anonymous Says:

To: #7- Your IQ doesn't appear to be that high, either, as you can't even write an English sentence, correctly; you should take some remedial courses in grammar, and spelling!

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 May 24, 2019 at 11:23 AM OLD YELLER Says:

Reply to #11  
Anonymous Says:

To: #7- Your IQ doesn't appear to be that high, either, as you can't even write an English sentence, correctly; you should take some remedial courses in grammar, and spelling!

YOU PLACE UNNECESSARY COMMAS IN YOUR SENTENCES, AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO CLICK A REPLY BUTTON.

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 May 24, 2019 at 11:41 AM Goldberger Says:

To #12- "Old Yeller". When someone responds to a posting, in an uncivilized manner, with anger, and sarcasm, they usually place everything in capitalized letters, as you did. Therefore, I'd like to respond with an old Yiddisha expression which is very appropriate in this case, namely:

Gay cock in Yam!

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