Civil rights Association: Police used anti-riot weapons before establishing regulations

Police deployed new, more dangerous anti-riot weapons months before establishing guidelines for their use, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.

In a letter sent to Attorney- General Yehuda Weinstein earlier this week, ACRI says that black foam-tipped bullets were used by police in riot dispersal in east Jerusalem back in September, even though guidelines on their use were only published by the Police Operations Branch in January.

The ACRI letter quotes an autopsy by Palestinian doctors which determined that a 16-year-old Palestinian boy died after he was hit in the head by one of the black foam-tipped bullets during a riot on September 7. The report also cites testimony from four Palestinian youths who suffered partial vision loss after they were shot by the bullets.


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