Video shows policeman hitting, slapping, shoving fingers into Amichai Levin's face. Now he has sued for NIS 30,000.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 7/4/2011, 1:07 PM / Last Update: 7/4/2011, 2:07 PM
A youth who was beaten badly by a Border Policeman two years ago has sued for compensation.
On July 20, 2009, the youth, Amichai Levin, was standing outside an army base in southern Samaria with a group of nationalist protestors when a Border Policeman named Tal Yemini struck him to the ground, crushed his nose, shoved fingers into his face, beat him and slapped him.
The nonviolent protest had been called following the destruction by Israeli security forces of a caravan in the hilltop community of Adei Ad, near Shilo.
Despite his suffering, Levin himself was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.
Luckily for him, the entire event was videotaped. The next day, when he was brought before Kfar Saba Magistrates Court Judge Nava Bechor, she ordered him released immediately upon seeing a video of the events. “I received the impression that it was actually the suspect himself who was treated disproportionately by those who tried to arrest him,” Judge Bechor said.
In January the National Police Disciplinary Court ordered Border Guard policeman Tal Yemini to pay 400 shekels (less than $120) for brutally attacking Levin.
The Organization for Human Rights in Yesha announced that the compensation was ridiculously low and on Monday it helped him file a damages lawsuit demanding 30,000 NIS ($8,900) for the pain and suffering that was caused him.