15:22 ~@ 19.02.14

A man in Istanbul has released security camera footage showing he was
violently beaten by police officers, saying that he pretended to be
dead because he was scared of being actually killed.

The man, identified as Kenan Eroglu, was reportedly travelling with
three friends at around 11:30 p.m. in Istanbul's Bayrampa~_a district
on Feb. 15 when traffic police warned them to stop their car. The
police fired warning shots before Eroglu's friend stopped the car 200
meters away. When they left the car, police officers reportedly came
and swore at them. After his friends escaped out of fear, a quarrel
erupted and police officers and the driver of a tow truck began to
beat him.

"I asked to police to take us to a police station if we did something
wrong. [One of them] punched me after saying 'do you have a private
driver?' Then the tow truck's driver got me on the ground. I tried
to protect myself. They started violently beating me," Eroglu said.

"Both police officers and the other driver kicked me while I was
on the ground. I was scared because it was a desolated area. They
hit me on the face with a wire fence. I fainted. When I woke up,
the driver was searching my pockets. There was a gun in the police
officer's hand. I was afraid they would kill me. They sprayed tear
gas on me. I pretended to be dead and then they left me," he added.

"The incident lasted around fifteen minutes," Eroglu said, adding
that he did not remember the rest after paramedics arrived.

Doctors gave an eight-day incapacity report to him and there was a
blood clot in his brain as well as bruises on his body, Eroglu said,
denouncing the officers and the driver.

The Istanbul Police Department said the incident had been carefully
followed and official action was taken against the officers as part
of the investigation.

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From: Baghdasarian