Investigation opened into police officer for hitting children
An investigation was opened by the Adana Chief Prosecutor’s Office on Dec. 27, after a video emerged on social media showing a police officer hitting children in a courthouse in the southern province of Adana.
The video shows an unidentified police officer continuously hitting the children, who had reportedly been taken into custody for a judicial incident and brought to the courthouse.
Members of the Adana Bar Association Children’s Rights Commission denunciated the police officer for “intentionally wounding” the children. Lawyers also provided video evidence of the incident captured on a mobile device.
Commission head Simay Sönmezateş said the situation was contradictory to the Child Protection Law, adding that the police officer had been identified and the necessary criminal proceedings had been requested against him.
A written statement by the Adana Governorate said the video showing the police officer slapping the children had been broadcasted on national TV channels and some internet sites.
Judicial and administrative proceedings regarding the incident have been initiated, the statement added.