Revealed: Ethiopian Israeli killed after attacking cop was a criminal known to police
Extremely violent Ethiopian rioters across Israel have blocked roads, burned tires, torched cars, attacked drivers and denounced ‘systemic discrimination’, following the funeral of 19-year-old Salomon Tekah, an Ethiopian Israeli man who was shot dead after attacking an off-duty policeman on Sunday.
Despite the mainstream media picturing Salomon Tekah as a “good boy” who was a victim of racism and police brutality, he was a criminal known to police. He was rejected from serving in the IDF due to his criminal record, which includes beating a nurse, and 13 other crimes that he was arrested for.
A lawyer of the Arab-Israeli police officer who fatally shot him said his client was acting in self-defense and wasn’t motivated by prejudiced views.
“My client found himself in clear and present danger. Had he not acted the way he did, my client might not have survived the ordeal,” Yair Nedshi said on Sunday evening. “It should be emphasized the tragic event has nothing to do with the victim’s skin color.”
Officer B was off duty last Sunday near the park in Kiryat Haim with his family when he noticed 19-year-old Salomon Tekah and two other thugs attacking and trying to steal a cellphone and money from a 13-year-old boy. He stood in between and separated the thugs from the boy they were attacking.
He returned to his family, but Tekah and his friends threw rocks at the officer’s head and shoulder. Since the officer felt his life and the lives of his relatives were in danger, he began to chase the criminals who continued attacking him.
The officer fired a bullet at the ground that hit Tekah’s body and led to his death.
In a call to the 100 emergency police line made by the officer four minutes before he shot Tekah, he reported that rocks were being thrown at him, that he was being attacked, and he requested urgent police assistance.
The police officer said during his interrogation in the police investigations department that he fired in the direction of the ground, not in the air because he was surrounded by buildings and homes and fear of harming others.
The policeman himself was injured during the incident and was treated and released Monday night from the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa. He was released to house arrest in a secret place due to threats to his life by members of the Ethiopian community.
Photos of the policeman and his children (7-months, 5 and 7-years-old), with calls to murder them, were posted on social media. “They are currently at the highest threat level which exists in Israel”, a senior police officer said.