Two police officers allegedly battered two victimized women who were seeking for help from them over a harassment incident in Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir on Friday
According to the reports in Turkish media, two young women demanded help from two police officers, saying that they were sexually harassed by two men with motorbikes. However, according to claims of the women, they were also battered by the same police officers that they were seeking help against sexual harrasment that they experienced. It was reported that the women have filed complaint about the accused police officers.
“We wanted help from them because we could not see license plates of motorbikes which harassed us. But police officers said that the harassers did it right by saying that we dressed inconvenient,” said one of the harassed women.
Also a brawl erupted between the women and the police officers according to surveillance footage. A video, which shows two police officers as they were battering women, was also emerged. Women and police officers filed complaint about each other.
Following the incident, it was officially announced that an investigation was opened by İzmir Police Department about the incident. “As soon as we was informed about the incident, we started an investigation about our staff. Police department is an organization that attaches importance to relations with the people. If our staff has a fault, legal sanctions will be implemented about them. Every aspect of the incident are investigated for revealing the truth. The investigation was started right away,” said Hüseyin Aşkın, provincial police chief, in a statement.