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Police officer ordered to plant 600 trees for pepper spraying woman in red dress

By Mason White 10:54 AM June 12, 2015
Ceyda Sungur 

By: Wayne Morin
A police officer was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after pepper spraying a peaceful protester, prosecutors in Turkey said.

Now, the police officer who was seen pepper spraying a woman in a red dress during an uprising in Gezi Park, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison and ordered to plant 600 trees.

However, Fatih Z., who pepper sprayed Ceyda Sungur, will not have to spend a day in jail after a court in Istanbul suspended his sentence.

He is required to plant the 600 trees within six months.

The pepper spraying incident took place Gezi Park, when a group of people tried to stop a construction vehicle from demolishing the park as part of a project to build a shopping center.

Large-scale protests erupted across the country due to the police response in Gezi Park, ultimately resulting in the death of eight demonstrators.