A veteran police commander from the Carmel region near Haifa was under fire Tuesday for verbally abusing a man who came to clarify why police had come looking for his son.
On Monday, Barada Suwitat, a resident of the Druze town of Isfiya, came to the Carmel Ridge police station, Channel 10 reported, where he was met by Superintendent Ron Goldberger, the station’s commander and a 32-year veteran of the force. Instead of answering Switat’s query, Goldberger unleashed a profanity-laced tirade, threatening violence against the man’s son.
“I will f*ck him in the a**, your son,” Goldberger is heard saying in a recording. “I’ll f*ck him in the a** like he’s never been f*cked in his life.”
“What is it?” asked Suwitat. “What problem?”
“Did you hear what I told you? That’s what you should tell your son, and that he should come here today,” responded Goldberger. “I will show him who the big man is here in the village. I’ll show him.”
“Why are you talking to me like this?” asked Suwitat.
“Because. Because your son is a whore, the son of a whore. And I’ll f*ck him in the a**… He raised his hand against a policeman,” answered the police commander.
A complaint was submitted Monday to Israel Police superintendent Yohanan Danino and Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch.
According to police who had served under him, Goldberger is a highly regarded officer who cares deeply about his subordinates.
Goldberger was summoned Tuesday by the Hof District commander for a disciplinary examination, whose findings will be made public at the end of the process.
The Hof District said that it “views the behavior of the officer gravely…We are dealing with a mode of operation that is unacceptable to Israel Police, and with behavior that goes against the values of the organization and its image.”
Police sources told Channel 10 that it was unlikely Goldberger would be able to continue in a command capacity.