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Three of the seven policemen who were caught on camera June 20 beating and kicking a man in Istanbul's Fatih district received health reports saying their "hands were hurt," daily Hürriyet reported today.
Police officers Muhammed Mustafa Gülcan, Ahmet Özdemir and Ahmet Güler claimed – despite a video which explicitly showed that they threw Ahmet Koca to the ground and beat him for several minutes – that it was Koca who beat them. 
The officers went to Istanbul's Haseki Hospital to receive health reports to support their claims. The health reports said one of the policemen had a "sensitivity in his right hand," another had an "aching right wrist," while the third had "pains in the index and middle fingers of his left hand." 
The policemen presented their health reports to prosecutor Ayhan Bedirhan, who is supervising an investigation into the incident. 
Bedirhan requested all the paperwork and documents which were prepared after the beating from Fatih police station, as well as the video footage of the beating and the GPS tracks of the police vehicles issued to officers who are suspects in the investigation.
Koca had filed a complaint against the policemen, saying the officers did not take him to a police station after the beating in the street but drove him around in a squad car for hours, beating him the entire time. The GPS tracks would shed light on Koca's claims. 
An amateur footage surfaced June 20 showing seven policemen beating Koca on the ground in front of his pregnant relative despite her pleas for them to stop. The footage caused public upheaval and prompted the Interior Ministry launch an investigation into the incident. The seven policemen were removed from duty. 


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MR Somalia

7/1/2012 2:41:13 PM

I hope the Turkish police don't teach this kind of tactics to the Somali forces. I hear Turkey is currently training 80 police men from Somalia in Turkey. It will still be better than what we have now --- lawlessness.

Chas Spencer

7/1/2012 4:48:00 AM

@Turk Uzan, Sir permit me to correct your observation "This is what happens if you just let anyone become a police officers"!!! Sir these aren't just any police officers, these are nephews, brother-in-laws or friends of good friends of sme GOOD people, this are the "untouchable" ones and they know it and behave with abandon. A good police deaprtment anywhere in the the World has an "INTERNAL AFFAIRS" Department that is untouchable by politics & is answerable to all Citizens ONLY

Chas Spencer

6/30/2012 10:40:33 AM

Oh those poor darling Policemen have a boo-boo on their fair hands!

Turk Uzan

6/29/2012 8:06:35 PM

This is what happens if you just let anyone become a police officer .. Shamefully it's the same all over the world. We need a civilian police to monitor the real police. And proper psychological tests, training etc for our officers.

Faruk Beisser

6/29/2012 6:55:11 PM

Yes, Nihan, the Gülen AKP police do their best protecting us by beating up innocent women!

mistique holland

6/29/2012 6:50:35 PM

We had two incidents like this last week in the Netherlands. The police always gets away with it wether it's in Turkey or in the USA of in Europe. In the Netherlands the police woman even got flowers from the counsel?????I think most of the police officers are good man and woman but those rotten apples should be punsihed and not get away with murder...

The Lion

6/29/2012 6:49:23 PM

The police in Turkiye are treated with no respect and they have no rights according to the law. Thank God for them for keeping the scum of society and their foreign terrrorist fringe ideologies in check.

Stephen Brunette

6/29/2012 5:44:51 PM

Scared police getting dubious health reports to cover for their crimes. Their hands hurt from beating this poor victim, the proof is in the video. Gang mentality, a known police problem here in Turkey.

Stephen Brunette

6/29/2012 5:26:44 PM

@Nihan G, I am glad you are proud of your husband, but this is the problem in this country, the police will as you say "do anything to protect it". This is the scary part, under the AKP and it's proxy stormtroopers, the Istanbul and Ankara police, they will do anything, including breaking the law, as in this case. A sham of doctor reports, suck it up buttercup police, you are brutal and beat this poor victim. You are nothing but common criminals and thugs. Nough said, the video speaks the truth

KuriouserN Kuriouser

6/29/2012 4:31:31 PM

Nihan, I am sure your husband is a quality police officer and does much good for all of us and this country. No matter how much good the police do for others, however, it does not ever give them the right to abuse the power and trust that is given to them in the way these 7 police officers seem to have done. They must be properly investigated and held accountable.
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