"Low-ranking police officers need functional and physical rehabiliation," said Monufiya MP Samah Gibrael in a statement Thursday, adding that low-ranking police officers do not act in a propper manner.
Gibrael's statement comes after a number of recent incidents involving low-ranking police officers involved in violent altercations have been reported in the news or filmed.
Gibrael said she supports the strike of Matariya hospital staff until the legal action is taken against the low-ranking police officer responsible for the attack, widely reported in the news, on the hospital staff.
A special committee of MPs, headed by Undersecretary of the House of Representatives Suleiman Wahdan, held a meeting on Tuesday with the head of the Doctors' Syndicate, the head of Cairo Doctors' Syndicate and a representative for the Interior Ministry to discuss the Matariya hospital crisis.
A low-ranking police officer wounded in his face headed to the Matariya Teaching Hospital last week and asked the doctor examining him to include fake injuries in the medical report, which he refused, Ahram Online quoted sources in the hospital as saying.
The police officer called some of his colleagues to the hospital and assaulted the staff before taking two doctors to a police station where they were reportedly assaulted. They were later released, according to the source.
Undersecretary of the Doctors' Syndicate Mona Mina said Thursday that the hospital staff would not end their strike until the Doctors' Syndicate's general assembly on February 12 to decide on escalatory measures regarding the incident.
A low-ranking police officer in Beheira also assauled a nurse at Koam Hamada Hospital at 4 a.m. on Thursday, after the examination of his son was delayed.
The low-ranking police officer slapped the nurse, after which she suffered from a nervous breakdown and entered the intensive care unit, according to the communication received by Major General Mohamed Emad Eddin Samy, head of Beheira Security Directorate.
Police leaders headed to the hospital in an attempt to contain the crisis after the nurse's colleagues showed solidarity with her.
According to a security source, the police officer accompanied his sick son to the hospital at 4 a.m., but there was no doctor to examine him. The nurse called a doctor who refused to go to the hospital and told the nurse what medication was needed for the officer's son by phone. The police officer started filming the hospital, which was empty of doctors, but the nurse attempted to stop him. A quarrel occured between both, during which the officer slapped the nurse, the source added.
A two-minute video went viral on social media Wednesday, depicting a low-ranking police officer slap a woman repeatedly on Cairo's metro system after she refused to allow men entrance into a women-only carriage.
The footage, which was filmed by the privately owned Al-Watan, shows people gathered around a young veiled woman shouting at several men who were trying to enter the car. “The metro isn’t your own,” said one of the men who was trying to enter the car.
The woman took a seat and started to fight with a low-ranking police officer who, with no clear reason, slapped her, causing the woman to scream repeatedly. The video shows the police officer grab the woman and push her off the metro car while she continued to scream.
Men are supposed to be prevented from riding on the two women-only carriages until 9 p.m., when one of them becomes open to both genders. The cars are intended to give women more privacy and reduce sexual harassment.