Israel suspends officer in beating of Tampa teen; criminal charges possible

July 9, 2014 11:32 PM

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TEL AVIV -- The Israeli Justice Ministry said Wednesday that a police officer who allegedly kicked and beat an American teenager in East Jerusalem has been suspended for 15 days and faces possible criminal charges.

In a statement, the ministry’s Police Investigations Department said that the officer was suspected of “severe violent crimes, committed after the arrest of the minor, and while the minor was handcuffed.”

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