A senior police officer says he issued a special warning to his colleagues about Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade stabber Yishai Shlissel prior to the attack, and yet no action was taken by them to prevent Shlissel attack or even to monitor him.
Israel Hayom reports:
A senior police officer says he issued a special warning to his colleagues about Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade stabber Yishai Schlissel [Shlissel] prior to the attack, and yet no action was taken to prevent it, Channel 2 news reported on Wednesday.
Schlissel was on a list of six potential violent attackers about which police were notified before the parade. Still, no steps were taken to monitor him, leaving him free to stab six people, killing 16-year-old Shira Banki.
Schlissel was released from prison three weeks before the parade, after serving a 10-year sentence for carrying out a nearly identical crime at the 2005 Gay Pride Parade.
He attended a hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to address police and prosecution requests that he be sent for psychiatric evaluation.
A 2009 psychiatric evaluation that Schlissel underwent while serving his previous sentence found him to be mentally sound and responsible for his crime. Judge Anat Singer ruled that he would undergo a second evaluation in the coming days and extended his remand for the second time.
After refusing the services of a public defense attorney, Schlissel told the judge on Wednesday, "You have no judicial authority, you do not follow the laws of the holy Torah."…
This points to what I wrote in the hours after the attack last week. Many police officers are traditional Sefardim and some are Orthodox. Many of these religious cops tend to do what the rabbis want, no matter what police policy is or isn't. And they likely stood aside and let Shlissel attack because they hate the idea of a Gay Pride Parade taking place in what is in their belief system the holiest city in the world, Jerusalem.