Israeli officer who shot and killed autistic Palestinian man to stand trial
[YNet] - An Israeli officer who shot and killed an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem last summer will stand trial, Police's Department for Internal Investigations said Thursday.

Eyad Hallaq was fatally shot just inside Jerusalem's Old City on May 30 while he was on his way to the special-needs institution he was attending. He was 32 years old.

According to the indictment, while making his way to the location, Hallaq was asked by a Border Police officer to stop at a checkpoint and identify himself, but he did not respond. This prompted the officer to chase after the man and he was shortly joined by his commander and another officer - a defendant in the case.

They chased him into a nook and shot him, wounding the man, as he stood next to a garbage bin. Believing he was carrying a firearm, the officers approached the man and asked him to give them the weapon. Hallaq, who was still conscious, pointed at a teacher who was with him, who told the officers he wasn't armed.

Despite him being severely injured as a result of the shooting and not holding a weapon, the defendant fired another shot at his upper body, which ultimately lead to his death.

Hallaq’s teacher said she repeatedly cried out to police that he was "disabled" and tried in vain to stop the shooting. At least five bullet holes were seen in a wall of a small structure at the site.

The State Attorney's Office said that the incident is "hard and saddening," adding that the decision to indict the 20-year-old officer was made after a "thorough examination of the evidence, including the circumstances on the ground and the testimony of the officers."
Trying to appease "international community" by sacrificing our children.
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