Iranian police launch investigation after video shows man being beaten and shot | Police news
The Central Command said violators would face legal consequences as per the rules.
Police in Iran have launched an investigation after a video showed officers repeatedly kicking and then shooting a man.
The two-minute clip was posted on social media on Tuesday for the seventh week protests which erupted across Iran following the death of a young woman in custody.
It shows police officers walking down an alley at night and beating a man on the ground with batons. The man, whose lower body and legs are visible in the corner of the video, tries to protect his head and body from blows and kicks.
Officers in riot gear then leave him on the ground, but a few minutes later another policeman arrives and begins beating him with a baton. In the final moments of the video, which was shot on a cellphone from a building overlooking the building, a police officer can be seen shooting the man with what appears to be a shotgun.
Iran’s Central Police Command said in a brief statement carried by state media on Wednesday that it had launched an investigation to determine the exact time and place of the incident and identify the offending officers.
“The police do not tolerate violence and unorthodox behavior in any way, and offenders will certainly be subject to legal action in accordance with the rules,” the statement said.
British rights group Amnesty International also tweeted the video, calling it “another harrowing reminder that the brutality of Iran’s security forces knows no bounds” and calling on the UN Human Rights Council to investigate.
The release of the video comes amid protests that erupted shortly after Mahsa Amini’s death on September 16.
The 22-year-old woman died in a Tehran hospital after collapsing at a “re-education” center where she had been taken by the country’s so-called “morality police” after being arrested for allegedly failing to comply. mandatory dress code. His family challenged the official investigation, which found that he was not beaten and died of pre-existing conditions.
Dozens of people, including security forces, are believed to have died during the protests, but authorities have not released official figures. Many have been injured or arrested, and Iran this week began holding its first trials for the “riots.”
The United Nations has expressed “concern” about the developments in Iran, while the United States and Albania are due to hold an informal Security Council meeting on the protests on Wednesday, in which all UN members can attend.
Iranian officials denounced the meeting as politically motivated and criticized the country’s UN special rapporteur on human rights for agreeing to cover it.
In a speech on Wednesday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated his claim that the United States, Israel and others are behind unrest across Iran.
The events of the last few weeks are not only “street riots” but also a “hybrid war,” Khamenei said.
“The enemies, meaning the US, the Zionist regime (Israel), some insidious and treacherous European powers and some groups, came out with everything they had and tried to harm the nation using their intelligence and news organizations, social media and using the past. experiences in Iran,” he added.
The Supreme Leader said for the first time that some of the many young people who took to the streets during the demonstrations were “our children” but had been misled and acted out of “excitement, emotion and some carelessness”.
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