Prosecutor demands 6 years, 6 months for police brutality victim
A man who was the victim of a beating by 11 police officers in an incident captured on a video faces up to six-and-a-half years in prison on charges of resisting orders from law enforcement officers.
Two weeks ago, a video showing a number of police officers severely beating a man, Ahmet Koca, was posted online. Eleven officers were detained after an investigation into the video was launched. The incident took place in İstanbul's Fatih district.
The 11 officers have denied the accusations of brutality. They were released by the İstanbul Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday after testifying to the prosecutor overseeing the case.
Seven of the officers were suspended from duty following the incident, which was taped by an area resident using a cell phone camera.
The seven police officers who were suspended also filed a complaint and the investigation into Koca has been concluded. The prosecutor has filed charges against Koca, accusing him of “resisting a law enforcement officer and insulting officers,” demanding up to six-and-a-half years in jail.