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Police officers assaulted after asking bus passenger to put mask on

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01.09.2021

Two policewomen were assaulted Wednesday after asking a man riding a bus to put a face mask on, Israel Police said.

The police officers were lightly injured in the incident and the suspect was detained.

The officers were enforcing rules requiring face masks be worn on public transportation and boarded a bus traveling from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv when it stopped at a station at the Hemed Interchange on Route 1.

They asked the man to put on a mask, but he refused. When the officers then asked him for identification, he refused.

In a video of the incident, apparently taken from a police bodycam and broadcast by Channel 12, the man, dressed in ultra-Orthodox garb and apparently a resident of the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood of Jerusalem, is also heard making remarks about not wanting to speak with female officers.

He was asked to exit the vehicle, which he did. As the officer further pressed him to provide identification he attacked them, injuring both. An officer who was nearby and a civilian assisted the two policewomen in overpowering the man, who was arrested and taken in for questioning.

An image shared by police showed one of the offices with blood from a cut on the bridge of her nose. Both injured officers require hospital treatment, one of whom suffered a broken nose, Channel 12 reported.

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© The Times of Israel


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