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Ex-top investigator alleges prosecution coverup in police killing of Bedouin man

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The former head of the Israel’s police internal affairs unit has reportedly alleged that the State Prosecution tried to bury an investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Bedouin man in 2017 in an attempt to protect the image of law enforcement agencies.

The head of the Police Internal Investigations Department at the time of the shooting, Uri Carmel, has claimed that then-state prosecutor Shai Nitzan tried to silence a dissenting opinion that questioned the official police line that the man was a terrorist, according to a Monday report in the Haaretz daily.

Yaqoub Abu al-Qia’an was shot by police in January 2017, after officers arrived to oversee the demolition of houses, including his own, in Umm al-Hiran, an unrecognized Bedouin village that the state was razing to clear the way for a new Jewish town.

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As officers converged on the village, Abu al-Qia’an, a 47-year-old teacher and father of 12, packed a few belongings into his SUV and drove from his house, saying he could not bear to watch it be razed. Israeli police stand next to a vehicle that crashed into police officers in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev desert, January 18, 2017. (Israel Police)

Soon afterward, Abu al-Qia’an was shot by police. He lost control of his car, which accelerated downhill and rammed into a group of officers, killing one of them. He was then shot again by police, who assumed he had rammed the officers intentionally, and died.........

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