Ashkelon police confirmed Thursday that it was conducting a mutual investigation
into the complaint by Trina Woodcox against Oz Unit immigration inspectors, who
she claimed beat her and her family members during a wrongful arrest in her home
in Ashkelon Tuesday evening, and the inspectors’ claim that they were the ones
On Wednesday Woodcox, the matriarch of a family of African
American converts, who recently moved to Israel with plans of immigrating,
accused Oz inspectors of using severe violence against her and her family, in
the process of wrongfully arresting her son-in-law on charges that he was an
A police spokeswoman told The Jerusalem Post
family members arrived at the station accompanied by Oz Unit officers on Tuesday
evening, and that complaints of assault by both sides against one another were
The police response came after Woodcox claimed the police
ignored her complaint and that she was turned away without a complaint file
The police spokeswoman also denied that there had been
police officers present on the scene at the time of the arrest, countering
claims by the Woodcox family and neighbors who had stated that Ashkelon police
had accompanied the Oz inspectors to the apartment.
family’s lawyer, Nicole Maor, who acts as legal counsel for the Israel Religious
Action Center of the Reform Movement, filed a complaint with the police internal
affairs unit, requesting that an investigation be conducted immediately into the
actions of the Ashkelon police force.
Woodcox returned from hospital
Thursday afternoon suffering from dizzy spells she attributed to blows to the
head she suffered at the hand of the inspectors. She said her daughter Kristine,
who is seven months pregnant, had recovered from internal bleeding she said were
the result of being kicked in the stomach.
Sean Garrett, the man who was
arrested, suffered severe sprains in his wrists that he said were caused by
being handcuffed to the car seat.