The accused officer’s lawyer, Efrat Nahmani Bar, has confused her shopper’s youth — he’s 19 — and inexperience. She mentioned she was assured that prosecutors would drop the case totally after a listening to.
“That’s the simply factor to do,” she mentioned.
Based on prosecutors, Mr. al-Hallaq, who lived simply downhill from the Outdated Metropolis in East Jerusalem, aroused the suspicions of police at about 6 a.m. on a Saturday when, sporting black disposable gloves and a surgical masks due to the pandemic, he crossed below the 500-year-old Lions Gate on his option to college.
With out being extra particular, prosecutors mentioned that “sure traits” of Mr. al-Hallaq’s conduct led two officers, watching him from a distance, to establish him as a possible “terrorist.”
When he didn’t heed their orders to cease, they gave chase, and different officers joined in. One in every of them, a 21-year-old commander who was to go away the pressure inside days, shot twice at Mr. al-Hallaq’s toes whereas pursuing him however missed.
Mr. al-Hallaq then changed into a fenced-in space utilized by sanitation staff the place, in line with witnesses, he cowered in a nook. Amongst these wanting on was one of many lecturers from his college.
The trainer has mentioned that she yelled to the officers that Mr. al-Hallaq was disabled and posed no menace.
When the 19-year-old officer, who had accomplished his primary coaching only some weeks earlier, arrived and noticed Mr. al-Hallaq within the nook, he shot him as soon as within the stomach, prosecutors mentioned, whilst his commander shouted at him to carry his fireplace.