A mob of angry citizens of the predominantly Bedouin city of Rahat attacked two policemen after they attempted to arrest a driver whose driving license was expired.
Two were detained for resisting arrest and assaulting the officers. Two officers were lightly hurt and needed medical care.
During the arrest, a police officer was documented slapping one of the detainees, who was cuffed and appeared to be cooperating with the officers carrying him off to their vehicle.
The police has yet to address the incident.
During a routine inspection of a driver's license and registration, police officers noticed his driver's license has expired last year, the police said in a statement. Questioning him, the officers asked him to step outside of his car, but the driver—along with two passengers—bolted from the scene, veering recklessly into traffic and speeding off.
The policemen gave chase, keeping pace with the wild driver until he stopped at the side of a main road in the city. The three then stepped out of the vehicle carrying clubs and called onto nearby citizens to attack the officers.
The policemen, who engaged the three, began being pelted by rocks, with dozens of nearby onlookers forming a mob.
The officers managed to subdue two of the car's occupants, resorting to use a taser on one of them after he refused to be put at the back of their cruiser, kicking and pushing against the officers trying to get him inside.
The police said that they view the assault with great severity, stressing they will not tolerate an attempt to disrupt a police officer in his work.
as "when they come to carry out their work for public safety and law enforcement."
"The police carried out a wild chase inside the city," several residents in Rahat said, claiming it irresponsibly endangered their lives.
One of them than scoffed at Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh's assertion that any officer who "does not stand (the test of self-restraint)—will find himself out of the police."
"Nothing stopped. One policeman beat one of the detainees even after they had handcuffed him," the resident noted, calling the offending officer "a criminal."