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Fatal police shootings after the refusal to comply in Paris: the controversy takes a political turn

In the small white brick building, four stories high, a stone’s throw from the town hall of Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine), Inès Z., 21, was a discreet resident. In one of the apartments, a news channel evokes the facts which occurred on Saturday morning between rue Ordener and Barbès, in Paris (18th century) and the custody of the three police officers who opened fire on a car after a refusal to comply, this Saturday. Hit in the head, the passenger did not survive. The inhabitant who listens to this information does not know that this young girl was his neighbor.

How did Inès find herself embarked on this chase with the fatal outcome? This is what the investigators of the 2nd judicial police district (DPJ) seized of the refusal to comply will have to determine. The driver, Mohamed M., 37, usually domiciled in Valenton (Val-de-Marne), could not be heard after being briefly taken into police custody on Monday for “attempted homicide on a person holding the ‘public authority “. Hit in the chest, he was hospitalized in serious condition before being released from intensive care on Sunday. His vital prognosis is no longer engaged.

The man is very unfavorably known to the police with nearly 80 mentions in the processing of criminal records (TAJ) for cases related to narcotics and traffic offences. According to a judicial source, he was at the time of the facts on “long weekend permission” from the center for adapted sentences in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne), where he benefits from a semi-freedom regime. According to our information, the driver accumulated delays to return to his neighborhood. Examples: on May 25, he was thirty-five minutes late, one hour and thirty-nine minutes on May 30, two hours and twenty minutes late on May 31… He was under police surveillance, but that, the police who wanted to check him for a belt defect, did not know.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “The police kill”

This Monday, the case quickly took a political turn, a few days before the legislative elections, the first round of which takes place on Sunday June 12. Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) tweeted: “The police are killing and the factious group Alliance justifies shooting and death for refusal to comply. Shame is when? The Alliance union has announced that it wants to once again file a complaint for defamation against the leader of insubordinate France, after a first complaint filed in May. Jean-Luc Mélenchon had already described Alliance as a “factious union” which “claims to be able to shoot people”.

The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, also responded on Twitter to the words of the leader of France Insoumise: “The police, the gendarmes deserve respect. They do courageous, difficult work and risk their lives every moment. Insulting them dishonors those who want to govern. Let the investigations be done without using them as hostages of an electoral campaign. »

“Severity of the consequences of the shots made”

The custody of the three agents, aged between 25 and 30, who fired at least five times, was extended this Monday at 2 p.m. They are heard by the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) in charge of the investigation for “violence resulting in total incapacity for work (ITT) of more than eight days with a weapon by a person holding public authority” and for “intentional violence resulting in death without intention to give it by a person holding public authority”. The Paris prosecutor’s office had justified this measure on Sunday “because of the seriousness of the consequences of the shootings carried out and in order to verify the conditions of use of the weapons”.

Contacted by Le Parisien, Me Laurent-Franck Lienard, the lawyer for the three officials said: “It is very shocking for me to see these police officers in the cell when they have nothing to do there. It’s a custody that makes no sense. They had to deal with something brutal and acted as they could. They are distraught. They will be brought before the Paris court on Tuesday.

At the end of April, one of their colleagues, aged 24, was indicted for intentional homicide after he fired an HK G36, an assault rifle, at a car which had nearly knocked him down near the Pont -New, in Paris (1st arrondissement). Result: 2 dead.

A civil servant on a bicycle knocked down by the vehicle

On Saturday, the facts began shortly before 11 a.m. rue Ordener, when a crew noticed that a passenger in a car was not wearing a seat belt. The police officers on bicycles decide on a check. But the driver restarts and leaves at high speed. The vehicle then got stuck in traffic at Barbès and was caught by the police on bicycles. The officers position themselves on the sides of the car and in front. There, the driver would have pretended to switch off the ignition before restarting abruptly and knocking over an official.

That’s when the three officials drew their service weapons and fired. The car would then have gone up rue Custine in the opposite direction, before stopping at number 17, certainly blocked by a white van which was arriving opposite, from rue Clignancourt. The front passenger was seriously injured in the head and the driver in the chest. He reportedly tried to flee on foot before being arrested and taken to hospital.

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