Following an investigation of the incident last Saturday in which Ethiopian-Israeli teen Solomon Tekah was shot to death, the Department for the Investigation of Police (DIP) is considering charging the policeman who shot Tekah with a disciplinary offense rather than a criminal offense, according to a Channel 13 News report.
Reports have suggested that evidence and testimony collected as part of the investigation being conducted by the Police Internal Investigations Department corroborate the officer’s claim that he did not aim directly at 19-year-old Tekah when he open fired, but rather at the ground which caused the bullet to ricochet and fatally strike the young man.
The officer was off-duty at the time of the June 30 incident near Haifa and said he happened upon a street brawl which he attempted to disperse. After identifying himself, the officer says he was set upon by three youths who hurled stones at him, endangering his life, at which point he discharged his weapon.
The fatal shooting revived accusations of police brutality and systematic discrimination against Israel’s sizeable Ethiopian community, sparking three days of angry protests across the country marred by incidents of violence and vandalism.
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