On May 30, Israeli police officers shot and killed a Palestinian man with severe mental disability in East Jerusalem. Soon after the murder of Iyad Khairi Hallaq, 32, Israeli reports suggested that the autistic man was carrying a “suspicious object that looked like a pistol.”
Later, it was claimed, also by Israeli sources, that Hallaq was carrying a toy gun. However, according to eyewitnesses, when Hallaq was shot and fell on the ground, he was merely holding his gloves and a face mask.
The Israeli justice ministry’s Police Internal Investigations Department said Monday that Hallaq’s parents and their lawyers met with investigators for an update on their son’s case, according to The Times of Israel.
During the meeting, Hallaq’s parents were told that all relevant security footage was gathered immediately after the incident but claimed that cameras inside the garbage room were not working at the time.
Haaretz found that there are at least ten private and security cameras in the 150 meters between the Old City’s Lions Gate – where Israeli police began chasing Hallak – and the garbage room where the killing took place.Family of Slain Autistic Palestinian Calls for Probe into Alleged Absence of Footage