The head of the Dan police district, Commander Shimon Lavi, was in charge of security at the levaya Motzoei Shabbos of Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner zt”l. His team of 300 officers oversaw the security at the massive levaya attended by over 100,000 people.
Lavi, responding to questions about the petirah of Reb Mordechai Gerber, who perished amidst the crowd pressure, told Channel 2 that the onus is on him as the commander in charge. He explained that he did expect the levaya to be as difficult as it was to operate.
Lavi stated that he and his force had not forseen that there would be such pressure created by the crowd as the aron was escorted from Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin to the street.Lavi said that he doesn’t blame other people, adding that he takes responsibility for the tragedy and is “ready for an investigation.”
Lavi apologized that the levayah ended “in tragedy and with people being severely injured.” He said that this should not have happened, and that “anyone who comprehends the nature of the massive pressure of the crowds understands that having had additional police officers on hand would not have revented what occurred.”