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Police caught on camera apparently planting pistol on Bedouin driver

22 3 10

Police allegedly planted a pistol in the vehicle of a Bedouin driver who had been stopped over after speaking on his cellphone while driving an unlicensed car, leading to the man being charged for the much more serious firearms offense, according to video footage aired Sunday by Israeli TV.

The driver, 19, from the south of the country, was held for a month in jail until he was eventually released on Saturday after his defense attorney noticed the suspected sleight of hand when he reviewed police bodycam footage of the arrest, Channel 13 news reported.

A complaint has been filed with the Police Internal Investigations Department (PIID), a Justice Ministry body tasked with investigating alleged police misconduct.

Police stopped the man, who has no previous criminal record, after he was seen using his phone while driving. A check found that the car was not licensed. Officers informed the driver that he would be arrested and the car confiscated, but that they would also search the contents.

In a video from the encounter, an officer can be heard saying, “where is the pistol?” and another policeman,........

© The Times of Israel

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