Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch hosted Shahar Mizrahi, the Hadera detective convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of a car thief in 2006, at his ministry in the capital on Sunday.
Mizrahi had his sentence doubled to 30 months by the Supreme Court last week.
Aharonovitch said he planned to proceed with a request for a pardon on behalf of Mizrahi, telling him he had already turned to President Shimon Peres and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman.
Aharonovitch warned of the dangers posed to democracy by “a police force suffering from a lack of motivation.”
“There is no disputing that all court decisions must be accepted, but at the same time this pardon [request] is meant to express the feelings caused by the harsh message sent to police [by the Supreme Court],” he said.
Mizrahi told Aharonovitch of the disappointment he and his family felt over the court’s decision, and repeated that he had acted in self-defense.