Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A Shomrim member in NW London reportedly suffered a skull fracture and hemorrhage after responding to a crime scene in Golders Green.
A number of haredi Jews reported being hit by eggs thrown from a car. Shomrim members, including the man who is now injured, reportedly tracked the car and surrounded it while waiting for police to arrive.
Eyewitnesses told The Jewish Chronicle that police officers did not cooperate with the Shomrim members or speak with them.
“When the police arrived, they would not approach the [surrounded] suspects. The police [instead] busied themselves by ordering the Shomrim members to move their vehicles, thus giving a safe passage for the suspects to escape which resulted in a hit and run. When Hatzolah medics arrived they were told by police to park their cars properly which delayed [giving] urgent medical attention to the injured Shomrim member].”
Shomrim's chairman was irate.
“Shomrim have worked alongside police for the last 5 years protecting the community from all aspects of crime, at this incident our volunteers followed protocol until the arrival of Police. We feel that the direct result of the actions taken by Police seriously jeopardized the safety of our volunteers and resulted to the hospitalization of one of our members,” Sheldon Bodner told The JC.
Shomrim of NW London have reportedly been praised by police many times for the work they do.
Chief Police Superintendent Adrian Usher told The JC that the incident was under investigation. He also rejected claims that his officers acted inappropriately.
An 18 year old male was reportedly arrested shortly after the incident and was questioned by police on suspicion of attempted murder. He is now out on bail but must return to the police station for more questioning next month.