Officer may face charges under the killing of autistic Palestinian

The decision came almost five months following the shooting of Eyad Hallaq. Hallaq’s family, that had criticized the slow pace of their analysis and prosecutors’ claim that safety cameras in the field were malfunctioned, condemned Wednesday’s conclusion. They said prosecutors must have registered substantially tougher charges.

The Israeli Justice Ministry said the officer, who wasn’t identified, could be charged with reckless manslaughter, pending a hearing by which he could dispute the charges. Such hearings are a regular process before indictments are registered.

His commander, who was at the scene of the shooting, wasn’t charged.

“Eyad was killed by law enforcement. We’re thinking about the following step today.”

Hallaq, that was 32, was shot just within the Old City’s Lion’s Gate on May 30 because he had been on his way into the special-needs establishment he attended.

The region is a common site of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, and also the Old City’s narrow streets are lined with hundreds of security cameras that are monitored by authorities. But while the investigation proceeded in the summertime, prosecutors asserted that none of those cameras in the region had worked and there wasn’t any footage of this incident.

Based on reports at the moment, Hallaq was taken after neglecting to heed calls to stop and running off. Two associates of Israel’s paramilitary Border Police subsequently chased Hallaq to a corner and taken him as he cowered next to a garbage bin.

In Wednesday’s announcement, the Justice Ministry reported that following the officer captured Hallaq the very first time he cried at him “do not proceed “

Another officer asked him “where’s the pistol.” The injured Hallaq pointed to some girl whom he understood and muttered something. The officer turned to the girl and asked her Arabic, “Where’s the gun?”

At the stage, the officer under investigation stopped again in Hallaq.

The girl mentioned in the announcement seems to be Hallaq’s instructor, who had been with him that afternoon. At the time of this shooting, she told an Israeli TV channel that she had called out to authorities he was”handicapped”

“All of the conditions of the episode have been considered, including how the deceased didn’t pose any danger to the police officers or the civilians in the scene, which the police officer fired a shot maybe not in accord with police orders, which were well known to him and did not embrace more proportionate alternatives which were at his disposal,” it stated.

Hallaq’s parents had voiced worries the killing could be whitewashed, particularly after the alleged camera error. In instances of strikes against Israeli security forces, authorities frequently quickly release security-camera footage to the general public.

Palestinians and human rights groups state Israel has a bad record of prosecuting instances of police violence against Palestinians.

The shooting of Hallaq attracted comparisons to the passing of George Floyd from the U.S. and prompted a set of little demonstrations against police violence. The uproar spanned Israeli-Palestinian lines and brought Jewish protesters also, and Israeli leaders voiced regret over the shooting.