A teenager named Ahmet Gündüz was battered by police in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, and was barred from obtaining a medical report by the same officers. The prosecutor's office initially dismissed the criminal complaint regarding the battery, only to back down later upon the mother's appeal.
The district governor ban's on a theater play in Kurdish-language should be interpreted as a punishment against the Kurds for having voted for the opposition in Istanbul’s mayoral elections. Yet it is not only a punishment, for when the government throws a stone, it wants to hit more than one bird.
An American citizen was briefly detained by Turkish police for flying a drone in a restricted area in southeast Turkey. While the Pennsylvania resident said he didn't know the area was restricted and was filming the city walls, he was detained until Oct. 5, and forced to leave his phone and drone in police custody.
Gendarmerie officers fined three people almost 10,000 Turkish Liras for violating safe distancing guidelines during a treasure hunt. The officers confiscated the group's excavation equipment and released the members of the group.
A 29-year-old woman was slain by her fugitive convict husband whom she was trying to divorce. The murder came six days after the woman filed a complaint with the authorities, only to be told that the police would be "there in 5 minutes" if she ever needed them. Police arrived on the scene of the murder some 45 minutes after the family's phone call.
A group of shopkeepers told a special operation police officer to pull his car to the side of the road and clear the traffic after his vehicle was involved in a traffic. The incident led the police officer in question to open fire on the shopkeepers, as a result of which one person lost his life and another was injured.
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.
A police helicopter forced two paragliders to land to ensure security as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was in a moving car below them. The paragliders were on a weekend glide when a police helicopter approached them and started circling around them until instructor Ömer Yılmaz signaled that he would land on the ground.
An expert from Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University slammed a police officer's request for him to perform a breathalyzer test at a road control. Prof. Baki Umut Tuğay refused to take the test, called the police headquarters and urged the Interior Ministry to halt breathalyzer tests.
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 blocked a protest by the Confederation of Public Employees Trade Union (KESK) slamming comments by the country's top religious figure. Diyanet head Ali Erbaş have been the source of controversy nationwide, as he "damned" the country's founding father Atatürk during his sermon at the first mass prayer held at Hagia Sophia.
Turkish police arrested 75 suspects who allegedly conned thousands of people into giving them their private information and 2,000 liras in return for a job as a gigolo. The suspects are thought to have conned applicants for a total 15 million liras.
26 judges and prosecutors that were removed from their posts by decree earlier this month on the basis of having ties with what the government calls the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ) were appointed to their posts following the failed July 2016 coup attempt, according to a report in the daily Cumhuriyet.
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.
Lawyers who were waiting outside Ankara's Kuğulu Park to support bar association heads protesting in a sit-in got blocked by police as they marched to parliament. The legal professionals are all in the capital to protest a draft bill on the parliament floor that would dilute bar associations' authorities.