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Ethiopian-Israelis protest in Jerusalem as cop who killed teen is freed on bail


13 demonstrators arrested hours after court releases from house arrest off-duty officer who fatally shot Solomon Tekah

Ethiopians and supporters demonstrate against police violence and discrimination following the death of 19-year-old Ethiopian, Solomon Tekah

Times of Israel reports, “Dozens of Ethiopian-Israelis and their supporters protested in Jerusalem on Monday as a police officer accused of killing a teenage member of the community last month was released from house arrest on a reported bail of NIS 5,000 ($1,400) and with other restrictions. Over a dozen protesters were arrested as police cleared demonstrators who were disrupting traffic.”

“The protests came as a Knesset committee met to discuss the country’s failings in absorbing Ethiopian immigrants. Outside the Knesset, a few dozen demonstrators protested and chanted slogans such as “a murdering cop has to be in prison,” “we are all Solomon Tekah” and “not black, not white, we’re all humans.” The death of 19-year-old Solomon Tekah on June 30 sparked three days of nationwide protests which at times turned violent and saw damage to property.”

Police detain protesters as Ethiopians and supporters demonstrate 

“The officer, who has not been publicly named, was off duty when he shot Tekah in Haifa. He has claimed he was trying to break up a street fight and was set upon by three youths who hurled stones at him, endangering his life. The officer said he did not target Tekah, and instead fired at the ground. A Police Internal Investigations Department probe found that the bullet ricocheted on the ground and hit Tekah, fatally wounding him.” (more…)

 

 

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