Several Police officers Reassigned After Probe Into Jerusalem Gay Pride Attack

Police on Sunday issued the findings of a probe into police handling of the stabbing attack at the Jerusalem gay pride parade last month in which 16-year-old Shira Banki was killed and five other people were injured.

The attack was carried out by Yishai Schlissel, who carried out a similar attack at the 2005 Jerusalem Pride Parade. Schlissel was released from prison just three weeks before last month’s attack, leading to scrutiny of the police for not taking into account the threat he could potentially pose to the parade.

Following the internal probe into the incident, police announced Sunday that the head of police intelligence for the Jerusalem District, as well as the head of Jerusalem special investigations would be reassigned and have all of their promotions suspended.

In addition, the sub-district head is to be reassigned and the Border Police officer “who allowed Yishai Shlissel to penetrate the outer ring of security” is to be reassigned.

In addition, several officers will be reprimanded for failures that allowed the deadly stabbing attack during the parade.

The Public Security Ministry said in a statement Sunday night that Minister Gilad Erdan discussed the findings in a meeting with acting Israel Police head Asst.-Ch. Bentzi Sau and advised Sau to order further investigatory actions to complete the probe.

The ministry said those findings are expected to be presented in the coming days.

During the parade on July 30th, six people were stabbed, including 16-year-old Shira Banki, who died days later of her wounds.

Three days after the attack, Sau met with Asst.-Ch. Yisrael Yitzhak (res.), to appoint him the head of an investigatory committee into the stabbing.

Head of the Jerusalem District Police Asst.-Ch. Moshe Edri said after the attack that his agency did not have concrete intelligence that Schlissel was at the parade, while the Judea and Samaria District Police said they were not required to track Schlissel after his parole, even though he lives within the district.

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