In Turkey, the police shot and killed an individual in one of the busiest neighbourhoods of the city on Monday night. The incident happened in Kadiköy on the Asian side of the city around 10pm local time, when the neighbourhood was still crowded.
According to the police report, a vehicle trying to evade the police at a security check point was chased and eventually stopped. As one of the passengers got out of the vehicle and started to run away, the other passenger Ç.K. was taken out of the car by the police officers. The police report indicated that an officer’s gun ‘went off,’ killing Ç.K. at the scene while he was resisting arrest.
The other passenger, reportedly a 15-year-old E.Ç., was captured as he was trying to run away on foot, allegedly carrying a small amount of illegal drugs.
The governorship of Istanbul announced after the incident that the police officer involved in the killing with his gun has been dismissed from active duty.
ETHA, a news agency in Turkey, reported later that the individual killed was identified as Çetin Kaya, and that a call has been posted on social media by some of his friends urging witnesses to help provide information about the incident.
The agency’s reporter, Nadiye Gürbüz, said that there were claims suggesting that the incident was not an accident, but Kaya could have actually been murdered in cold blood by the police.