Violent Police Officer Suspended Following Arutz-7 Report

A violent police officer has been suspended from the police force due to an Arutz-7 report last month.

Ezra HaLevi , | updated: 18:14

Officer Eran Naim was caught on tape by Arutz-7’s Russian-language site director Tuvia Lerner taking part in what Lerner later testified was a "cruel, shocking and pre-meditated attack by policemen" on a demonstrator who had been taking part in blocking Ramat Gan’s Jabotinsky Street on Wednesday night, June 29.
Officer Eran Naim on Jabotinsky Road in Ramat Gan Following the attack on Akiva Vitkin and Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Katz.

Despite attempts by the police to obstruct his view by standing tightly around the victim, Lerner managed to film the attack on a digital camera.

Naim is seen on Lerner’s footage (press "play" to view above) motioning to his colleagues to help beat demonstrator Akiva Vitkin. Together, they sat on him and stuck their fingers in his nose and mouth, causing extensive bleeding and facial injuries. Naim was also seen beating 58-year-old Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Katz, after the Rabbi appealed to him to refrain from beating girls present at the roadblocking.
Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Katz, after being hit by Eran Naim.

Due to Vitkin’s lawsuit, filed by Attorney Nadav HaEtzni, the state has announced that Naim will stand trial. Shortly thereafter, the officer was informed of his suspension from the police force. The suspension of officer Eliran Avraham, who hit handcuffed protesters in the Ramat Gan police station, is being considered as well.
Officer Eliran Avraham, accused of beating handcuffed protesters at the Ramat Gan police station.

Representatives of the police complaints division appeared before the Knesset Law Committee Monday. The committee’s chairman, MK Michael Eitan (Likud) was outraged at the amount of time it has taken for the police to take action against the violent officers. “Demonstrators who are suspected are held in prison while violent officers continue to serve in the field,” Eitan exclaimed, calling upon Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to take action to expedite the process by which complaints against police are handled.

“You are protecting the police in an unjustified and mistaken manner,” Eitan told the police representatives. “If you would act speedily against those same police officers, it would strengthen the police force whereas currently your actions only weaken it.”

Eitan said that currently, the atmosphere in the police force brings shame to the State of Israel. “The equivocation delivers a message that everything is permitted,” he said.

The Organization For Human Rights in Yesha (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) has filed additional lawsuits against brutal police officers and says it will continue to ensure that police officers that use violence will stand trial.