Peleg Yerushalyim is preparing to file a lawsuit against police over its recent use of a foul-smelling spray to disperse crowds.
Earlier this week, hundreds of members of Peleg Yerushalyim blocked roads in Yerushalyim and Bnei Brak to protest the arrest of bochurim who refused to sign forms at the lishkas hagiyus. Police dispersed the protesters with the assistance of the ‘Skunk’, a stink bomb that smells of sewers and is used for crowd control.
However, instead of the usual method of spraying the disgusting juice from a truck, police officers dressed in protective gear waded into the demonstration and targeted individual protesters with a device resembling a fire extinguisher.
According to the lawsuit, this new policy violates the law, contending that the guidelines regulating the ‘Skunk’ only permits cops to utilize it to disperse violent rioters and not as a collective law enforcement mechanism.
“If we filed lawsuits like this when they used the truck-mounted spray, the police could have claimed that it was not deliberately targeting people,” another activist said. “When they started using the small sprayers, there is no room for error and if a policeman was documented spraying the face of a demonstrator, it is important to sue.”
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