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Police officers detain a student in this file photo. DHA photo

Police officers detain a student in this file photo. DHA photo

Video footage has emerged showing at least eight uniformed policemen kicking and beating a civilian on the ground in front of his family, daily Milliyet reported on its website today. 
The beating reportedly took place at around 2:30 a.m. on the morning of June 19 after a man quarreled with a squad of policemen over right of way on a road.
A squad car cut off a civilian vehicle with a family in it, which sparked a quarrel between the vehicle's driver and police officers. Video recorded by a witness showed police officers hitting the civilian. Many policemen in uniform arrived at the scene soon and knocked the man to the ground. At least eight police officers were seen kicking the man on the ground despite his wife's pleas to stop. One officer also took off his belt and beat the man with it. 
The policemen reportedly dragged the man to a dark spot and continued to beat him, while other policemen told witnesses and onlookers to go away. The man was later dragged to a squad car and beaten again before he was detained. 
Shopkeepers in the neighborhood confirmed the incident, the report said, but were afraid to elaborate on it. 

Interior ministry has assigned inspectors to look into the incident, CNNTürk reported. 
Burcu Karakaş of daily Milliyet reported yesterday of a separate incident of police brutality in which a 24-year-old man suffered a brain hemorrhage after being beaten by plainclothes police officers on Istanbul’s İstiklal Avenue. 

The man was hospitalized for five days and was reported to be experiencing vision problems.


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mara mcglothin

6/22/2012 4:56:51 PM

TRINIDAD Yeah, we have such a "police state" over here in America. and FYI Rodney King was beaten with excessive force, but he was also high on pcp and had the strength of three men. He never recovered fully from his addictions and was found drunk and dead where he has fallen into a swimming pool. At least in America you would think nothing of approaching a policeman to ask for directions, where as in Turkey no one would ever want to do that! Not now and not in the past.

Chas Spencer

6/21/2012 1:49:09 PM

@stern-Read & wheep: Let us not ignore the truth among ourselves...politically we are the aggressors and they defend themselves... The country is theirs, because they inhabit it, whereas we want to come here and settle down, and in their view we want to take away from them their country." Speech ny David BenGurion,1938" Now follow this by the " Koenig Memorandum" (see Google) that makes you target for harrasment & extermination in your own Land, How would you like that, FRED?

Stephen Brunette

6/21/2012 6:29:29 AM

I'll put my trust in the Jandarma anyday over the Istanbul or Ankara police. At least they are trained by the military, and actually work for the good of the turkish people, unlike the police in Istanbul and Ankara, just the strong arm thugs of the AKP.

VMT Ankara

6/20/2012 11:09:48 PM

Turkish police gone wild! I guess they might have gotten some of their training in America where police routinely brutalize their innocent victims, like they did to Rodney King and like NYPD does to protesters exercising their First Amendment rights. This incident actually pales in comparison to the police officers (thugs) who mercilessly beat a woman in Izmir and are now working the streets of Istanbul, earning a living, instead of being behind bars.

Rimon Tree

6/20/2012 6:58:00 PM

@ Chas I would recommend you to go and live in "that land" (which by the way does not desire the land of the detained terrorists) for a while and listen to the sorrows of the people who have lived for more than 6 decades under death danger and are still threatened to be wiped out by their enimies and arracked on a daily base, and then go and try to live for a time on Iranian soil, trying to criticise them and come back if you are still alive and tell me your experiences! Regards!

Diederik Den Ouden

6/20/2012 6:49:03 PM

I recall a video when an undercover police officer consciously broke the arm of child who'm was protesting and rioting against the police. It's quite disturbing to see this is on going... this AKP government backed by MHP is only encouraging violence and war.

Chas Spencer

6/20/2012 5:53:02 PM

@Stern Fred - Sometimes I am slow on uptake but now I think that those Iranian Guards pale in comparison to the ones that exist to the "Crowd control Methods" in the so claimed "Most technically advanced Land in the region. There they simply make a sweep and lock-up couple of thousands people whoase land they desire. could you opine on that land please, Fred?

Chas Spencer

6/20/2012 5:39:25 PM

I GOT IT. I GOT IT FINALY, it must have been the post-revolutionary "Decency Guards" of Iran that served as inspiration for these good intentioned policeman of Istanbul.

MR Somalia

6/20/2012 5:26:32 PM

How come Turks react so angrily to police behavour but they approve their military to subdue the Kurds at all means necessary? Be fair brothers, when police treat you this way, it hurts Kurds even more when your army just shells their towns. This can beginning by requesting your government to stop labeling them as terrorist. They are rebels who are tired of been labeled.

Aslam Benli

6/20/2012 5:16:35 PM

a preview of what is coming: Sharia for all.....the AKP's Islamic stormtroopers (the mutaween, Saudi Arabia's government-authorized religious police)... what they do not say is why this happened, was he eating non "halal" food, failing to pray 5 times a day, or saying something against the AKP?
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