US to release body cam footage of police beating Palestinian teen
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will announce Thursday a policy to release video of the August arrest of a 16-year-old Palestinian teen by police.
The video will be released as part of the government’s effort to better understand how to combat anti-Semitic violence in the United States, a department spokesman said in a statement.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of making a false report and resisting arrest after he allegedly shouted “Death to Israel,” an anti-Israel chant widely used by the far-right and far-left.
He was taken to a local jail and held overnight in a cell for more than four hours before being released the next day.
His parents said he was beaten by a group of five officers, one of whom was white.
Lynch’s policy follows a similar policy adopted by the Justice Department in the fall of 2015, which said it would release footage of “non-violent or nonviolent offenses” to help police investigate.
The policy will also require that the police chief of each state establish a team of investigators to help investigate and hold accountable any officer who uses excessive force or uses unnecessary force.
Lynk will also create a new task force that will advise her on how to better combat hate crimes.
She has already directed the Justice and Homeland Security Departments to create a task force to investigate hate crimes committed in the U.N. in 2017.