Melbourne ,Australia – Police have launched an internal affairs investigation after learning an officer was at the centre of a vicious, racially motivated bashing of an Orthodox Jew on Simchas Torah as was reported on VOS IZ NEIAS.
A spokesman said the Ethical Standards Department had launched the investigation after learning the officer was with a group who bashed Menachem Vorchheimer in Caulfield last Saturday as he was walking near his synagogue.
Mr Vorchheimer, who was given a black eye in the attack as he tried to protect two children aged six and three, said he was racially abused. He said the perps yelled “Go the Nazis”, and they also stole his hat, and punched him as passers-by attempted to help.
“This is Melbourne. This shouldn’t happen. They stole my religious items, which are very important to me. It was in front of my children,” he said.
Mr Vorchheimer said he approached their bus driver, an off-duty police officer, to ask where they were from. “The driver never assaulted me or yelled any abuse but he wouldn’t tell me where they were from. I would have thought an officer of the law had a duty to behave in a more ethical manner,” Mr Vorchheimer.
Internal affairs have launched parallel investigations into the assault after learning the bus driver was an officer.