Israel: Protesters and police clash at rally over killing of autistic Palestinian

Several protesters and Israeli security forces clashed in West Jerusalem on Tuesday night during a rally over the death of Eyad al-Hallaq, a 32 year-old autistic Palestinian man who was killed by Israeli police on May 30. Police were seen shoving and pushing protesters, before detaining several. «We are here because the police are systematically using, brutal violence against Palestinians. We call for justice for Iyad, we call for the end of this policy of shooting and beating up first and then asking questions,» said a protester at the scene deploring the conduct that the Israeli police forces operate under. «We are here protesting against police brutality and we were met with police brutality,» she added. Another protester, Ido, said that protests against police brutality in the US and around the world inspired him. Al-Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian man, was killed by an Israeli police officer on May 30, near Bab al-Aspat. An Israeli police officer claimed that al-Hallaq was holding a pistol, but it later turned out he was unarmed, and he didn't understand the officer's order to stop. According to eyewitnesses, the victim was shot at least six times.

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