Seven policemen, among them senior officers, will be reassigned and additional sanctions imposed on several of them in response to the blunders that led to the murder of a teenager at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade in late July, the Israel Police announced yesterday.
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At the July 30 parade, Yishai Schlissel fatally stabbed 16-year-old Shira Banki and wounded five others. The attack came only weeks after Schlissel had been released from prison after serving a 10-year sentence for a stabbing attack that wounded three at the 2005 gay pride parade.
The most senior officer to be reassigned is the commander of the Moriah sub-district police station, Brig. Gen. Koby Davidian. Davidian will be removed from his position, will not be promoted for at least five years and will not be allowed to serve in command positions.
According to the police statement, Davidian is being removed for “his territorial and command responsibility for the junction at which the murder took place for the behavior of the forces and for the problems that occurred along the intelligence and operational axis.”
Four officers will receive severe reprimands, among them Jerusalem District Police Chief Moshe Edri and Zion sub-district commander Brig. Gen. Effi Havivian. Reprimands will also be issued to the Moriah station operations officer and the Zion station’s intelligence officer.
All 11 officers mentioned in the report serve in key positions in the Jerusalem police district, mostly in security and intelligence. They were responsible for providing information and support to the forces securing the parade before and while it took place.
The report’s conclusions have been accepted by acting Police Commissioner Bentzi Sau, who ordered that they be implemented immediately. Each of the officers mentioned in the report were summoned yesterday for meetings with Sau, who intends to be stringent in implementing the recommendations made regarding certain officers.
Along with Davidian, the head of Jerusalem District intelligence will be reassigned. He will not be eligible for promotions for seven years and will not be allowed to serve in any intelligence positions. The head of operations in the Jerusalem District central unit will also be reassigned and blocked from serving in operational positions for five years. The head of the Moriah station’s intelligence and detective bureau and the head of the reporting and coordination center will also be removed.
One of the field commanders at the parade will be reassigned and blocked from any command positions or promotions for five years. A border policeman who was stationed at the barricade on Washington Street will be removed as a squad commander and blocked from future command positions.
In response to the announcement, the Banki family issued a statement saying, “The report won’t bring Shira back to her family. However, the family hopes that to the degree that deficiencies were found, they will be corrected and the conclusions drawn applied in the most thorough possible fashion to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.”