'Yanki is dejected, hurt and humiliated'

Father of mentally disabled haredi youth arrested Wednesday in Jerusalem discusses trauma his son experienced. 'We are shocked.'

Arutz Sheva Staff,

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Baruch Rosenberg, the father of Yanki Rosenberg, the mentally disabled haredi youth who was arrested through use of excessive force on Wednesday in the Makor Baruch neighborhood of Jerusalem, described the situation in which his son now finds himself.

"Yanki is another person. He is dejected, hurt and humiliated. It's unbelievable, we know him as a happy person who deals with things. He told me, 'Dad, I got the blow of my life'," the father told Ha’olam Haboker on Channel 13.

"We already know that there are a few videos. In the first few days we couldn’t bring ourselves to see them," Rosenberg continued. "Yesterday I made a decision that I have to see. Since we do not have this media, I do not have access to it, so I didn’t see it yet. I am informed by people who saw it - and we are shocked."

"My second son told me, 'Dad, I know Yanki, he's a good soul and he really did not do anything - not just because I know him, but because you can see.' The video also shows that Yanki is a special child from his conduct. People around yelled, ‘Leave him alone, he's a special boy,’ Yanki also shouted, ‘I'm special’ - he uses that when he's in distress, even though he does not like it,” the father added.

In response to the question of whether the policemen acted in good faith and did not realize that they were dealing with a mentally disabled youth, Rosenberg replied: "Today it is clear that there is no room for this question, because things speak for themselves. Everyone who watched the video understands that there was no unclear situation there. What we are crying is what happened there? What brought Yanki into a situation where he was cuffed and beaten - he did not do anything."




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