Defending police honor

15.11.2011                      18.Cheschwan. 5772

Feature:

Defending police honor

Redoubled police efforts against the spate of murders of women in the Arab community have solved some cases and helped restore public faith. But one mistake and the relationship could be back at square one.

At the edge of a muddy path next to the Lod cemetery, Central District Police Commander Bentzi Sao stood beside the body of Yasmin Abu Zaluq, a young woman who was all of 30 years old. She was tied up and had three bullet shots in her head. Apart from the nearby police cars, Sao noticed mobile studios from all the television stations arriving at the scene and setting up to broadcast a report. News photographers also started showing up, in an attempt to get a frame with a policeman standing beside the corpse, a shot that will highlight the tragedy and the debacle.
Less than a day earlier, on April 5, 2011, Sao was in an equally embarrassing situation. At 2 A.M. he was summoned to the Taibeh police station to provide an assessment about a double murder that had taken place there two hours earlier. Not just in Taibeh, it should be noted, but just a short distance from the police station….