A man who was detained by Turkish police in the eastern province of Van was hospitalized and suffers from memory loss due to police torture, while another one remains in critical condition. According to hospital records, one of those detained was brought to the hospital for "falling from a high place," adding to the allegations that the two men were thrown from a helicopter.
Istanbul police battered a woman as they detained her for faulty use of their face masks. Turkey's Progressive Lawyers' Association (ÇHD) shared footage of the detention where one woman falls to the ground as a result of the officer's harsh treatment.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) observed dozens of deaths caused by rights violations in the first six months of 2020. Fourteen women were killed by men, two inmates died in prison and three law enforcement officers were found dead under suspicious conditions in the southeast.
Police officers in Ankara and Istanbul brutally detained demonstrators commemorating the victims of the 2015 Suruç bombing that killed more than 30 members of the Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF). Police also assaulted lawyers who went to an Istanbul police station to follow-up on detained demonstrators.
Footage of the detentions of five individuals detained at pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) press conference in Istanbul reveal shouts from the civilians begging the police to stop pressing on their backs and telling them that their chest hurts. The images of police pressing on the detainee's backs is reminiscent of the recent police killing of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd, remembered with his words "I can't breathe!"
Police detained some 15 people at an Ankara protest condemning the police killing of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd. The protesters chanted some of Floyd's last words as he was suffocated to death by the officer, "Please, I can't breathe!"
Two human rights groups have said that the Turkish government is using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to restrict freedoms. "No unusual circumstances, whether it be a state or threat of war, political instability or any other extraordinary events, can be given as a reason to apply torture," they said.
A prisoner rights' defender in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır said that she was kicked in the face during a police raid, originally intended to detain her father who runs a non-governmental organization. The Prisoners' Families Association co-chair's wife also said that police tortured them physically and verbally, insulting all family members.
Though some of the correspondences are superficial, the coincidence of the protests in the U.S. erupting just as people here are commemorating Gezi has lead to some soul searching about the similarities and differences in state violence and racism in both countries.
Turkey's government-allied MHP has proposed giving police electroshock devices in order for them to "protect themselves," citing "increased attacks on police." "It's clear that the use of new equipment is needed amid increasing attacks on our police," MHP deputy Halil Öztürk said, although it was unclear which incidents he was referring to since, contrary to his remarks, police brutality has been on the rise.
Police officers have made their dogs attack a couple when raiding their house in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, resulting in injuries. The couple, Menice Yılmaz and Şeyhmus Yılmaz, filed a complaint after the incident. Diyarbakır Governor's Office released a statement on the issue, saying that Şeyhmus Yılmaz "kicked the dog and the dog attacked as a result."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the May 27 police killing of black Minneapolis resident George Floyd in a series of tweets. The president said the mentality that killed Floyd was "racist and fascist" and condemned the "inhumane mentality." Turkey has been experiencing a period of increased police violence since the 2013 anti-government Gezi protests when more than 20 people were killed.
Incidents of police brutality have been on the rise across Turkey during the curfews imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with new footage showing police officers hitting or mistreating citizens surfacing on social media nearly everyday. However, the Interior Ministry released a statement on the increase, criticizing media outlets for reporting the incidents as "police brutality," adding that the aim of these videos is to harm the police force.
Mehmet Tursun, the head of Baran Tursun Foundation, which monitors police brutality cases, has said that police have killed 403 people for disobeying stop warnings since 2007. Tursun criticized the impunity in such incidents. "The aim is to acquit the perpetrators. As a result, courts rule for acquittal or hand very little sentences," he said.
A police officer has fired his gun into the air to disperse children playing on the street, before dragging a child with mental disabilities to an armored police vehicle to beat him in the Nusaybin district of the southeastern province of Mardin. The incident prompted outrage on social media, with provincial police forces trying to defend itself by saying that the children were throwing rocks at a group of officers.