Photo: Meir Ohayon
Yohanan Danino
Photo: Meir Ohayon
Photo: Courtesy
Sapir Sluzker-Amran
Photo: Ely Ben-Amar
Carmen Elmakiyes
Photo: Ely Ben-Amar

Police chief: Campaign against officer is defamation

Police Commissioner Danino says flyers claiming police officer sexually harassed female demonstrators 'crossing red line'

Following the complaints of two women, who said Sunday they were victims of police brutality, flyers were posted in the neighborhood in which the officer who had allegedly assaulted them resides.


The posters read: "Ask yourselves – are your children safe in a neighborhood where a man who verbally assaults young women lives?"


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Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino said the flyers were inciting to further violence and "crossing a red line." He added that police were looking into details and considering an official investigation of the matter.


הכרזות נתלו גם על תחנות אוטובוס (צילום: באדיבות המשטרה)

Flyers posted around neighborhood (Photo: Courtesy of police)


The two complainants, Sapir Sluzker-Amran and Carmen Elmakiyes Amos, were arrested Saturday night for allegedly attacking police officers as they were protesting outside the home of Finance Minister Yair Lapid in Tel Aviv. According to the two women, however, they were the victims rather than the aggressors, as a police officer addressed them using sexually explicit slurs.


The flyers appeared Monday at the officer's neighborhood, protesting police brutality in general and the officer's alleged misconduct specifically, and included his name and photograph.


The police chief insisted the flyers were "incitement and slander," as they were "an attempt to deliver a sentence prematurely and publically defame an Israeli police officer, using posters, including in the officer's neighborhood, in an attempt to spread fear among police officers and keep them from doing their job."


Earlier Tuesday, the officer's attorney wrote to Danino asking that he launch an investigation into what he called an "unprecedented media campaign, including the posting of flyers at his town of residence, bearing my client's picture and presenting him as a sex offender."


"Those behind the flyers dare to warn residents of the neighborhood against him," the attorney added.


On Sunday, Sluzker-Amran posted on her Facebook page that "I've never felt such fear and helplessness as when I stood with my friend in a small grove behind Lapid's home. We went there at the end of the rally to check whether there were any protesters left there when we saw about 10 policemen.


"A few of them made a few remarks at us and blinded us with a flashlight. When we asked them to stop they just laughed, and then one of them looked at me and asked me whether we are here to get laid. This drew uproarious laughter from his colleagues and he repeated his question in a number of ways. I froze on my feet."



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