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.
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.
A recent report revealed that some 30 percent of rights violations against queers in southern Turkey in 2019. The same report by non-governmental organization Mersin LGBTI 7 Color Association revealed a total of 132 queer rights' violations.
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!"
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.
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."
Ankara police on June 1 attacked a commemoration ceremony held to mark the death anniversary of Ethem Sarısülük, who was shot by a police officer during Gezi Park protests in 2013. The police detained 21 of the people in the ceremony, all of whom were later released.
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.
Police have fired tear gas on mourners during the funeral ceremony of musician İbrahim Gökçek, a member of Grup Yorum who died on May 7 at a hospital two days after ending his death fast that lasted for 323 days, while also taking his body away from the cemevi. Grup Yorum later said that his family took the body back and was heading to Kayseri for the burial under police escort.
A police officer has shot dead 17-year-old Syrian Ali al-Hamdan in the Seyhan district of the southern province of Adana. Although Adana Governor's Office said that he was wounded "accidentally" when police fired warning shots to the air, footage shared on social media showed Hamdan shot in the heart.
Turkish police's side-organization "Reinforcements" conducted nearly nine million body searches in 2019, an activity report by Turkey's General Directorate of Security Affairs revealed. The Reinforcements Directorate conducted 8,944,100 body searches in 2019, the report said, and some 1,171,188 security investigations and archive searches were carried out.