Officers repeatedly tasered a Palestinian man after he accused them of using excessive force to control a brawl in a Tel Aviv water park. The Jerusalem resident issued a complaint to the Justice Ministry over police misconduct following the incident.
“Every time I tried to rise to my feet, he pulled the trigger and shocked me again, even though I was handcuffed, my whole body was bleeding. I vomited and then went to the hospital,” said 42-year-old Talal Siad to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He was reportedly with his five children in the park when the incident occurred.
Tel Aviv police arrived at the Meymadion Water Park on Tuesday to control a fight that had broken out. Talal Siad, who was not involved in the brawl, was tasered when he intervened, accusing police of using unnecessary force to restrain one of the adolescents involved.
“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,” Siad told Haaretz.
According to Siad the police carried on tear-gassing the downed teenager which prompted him to step in.
“I told the policemen: 'What are you doing? You're killing those kids,” said Siad.
In response to his complaints the officers threatened to taser him.
"I shouted, 'Do you want to shoot me?' and then he shot me in the stomach,'" Siad told Haaretz.
The footage of the incident filmed by a bystander clearly shows police tasering an individual to the ground and then handcuffing him. As the man raises to his feet to stand up the police pull the trigger again, causing him to writhe on the floor in pain.
“I told him I had done nothing wrong, and then he shocked me again,” said Siad.
The Tel Aviv Police Department said that the video had been edited in such a way that it did not reflect the real events and made the police look bad.
“The man in the film attacked the policeman and interfered with him in the line of duty. A Taser was used in order to control him," Tel Aviv police told Haaretz.
They maintain that force was necessary to break up the fight that had broken out between two East Jerusalem families. Several of the antagonists were wounded and required medical attention, said the police.
Talal Siad was reportedly told by the Tel Aviv police that the name of the officer who tasered him would not be released unless he decided to pursue legal action.