U.S. criticizes Israel's sentence for policeman filmed beating teen

November 19, 2015 10:43 PM

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U.S. criticizes Israel's sentence for policeman filmed beating teen

WASHINGTON -- The United States is offering uncharacteristically sharp criticism of Israel after a policeman captured on camera beating an American citizen was sentenced to six weeks community service.

State Department spokesman John Kirby says Washington is disappointed the policeman was spared prison time. He says evidence of excessive force is "clear" and the sentence doesn't promote accountability.

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