One dead and one seriously injured. This is the large number of police checks on Saturday in Paris. Police officers opened fire on a vehicle that refused to comply in District 18, according to police. The driver suffered serious chest injuries and the front passenger died on Sunday due to head injuries. Police were released on Tuesday. Two investigations have been opened. Here is what we know about this case.
Police opened fire denouncing a refusal to comply
The events took place on Saturday, June 4, in the late hours of the morning in District XVIII, north of the capital. During a police check for not wearing a seat belt, four people fled in their Peugeot 207. The driver then collided with the police crew on mountain bikes, according to a police source on franceinfo.
At around 10:45 a.m., two police officers used their administrative weapon to stop the car at the foot of Montmartre Hill at a junction of Clignancourt and Custine streets. According to a source familiar with the matter, officials fired nine shots at the vehicle. One ofyou are a policeman he was hit by the car and suffered a superficial wound to his left hand and a swelling in his right knee.
One passenger was killed and the driver was seriously injured.
The driver and passenger sitting in front were seriously injured by police fire and both were taken to hospital. The passenger, with a gunshot wound to the head, died due to her injuries the next day, Sunday, in the hospital, according to franceinfo by the prosecution.
The driver of the car, hit in the chest, he was discharged from intensive care on Sunday and his vital prognosis is no longer compromised, but he is still hospitalized. HASAt 38, he no longer had a driver’s license and was banned from getting a new one after the infractions.Franceinfo learned on Monday from a source familiar with the matter. Without a fixed address, he was also the subject of an active search card prohibiting him from carrying or carrying a weapon subject to authorization for five years.
These facts come a month and a half after the accusation of “willful homicide” of a police officer suspected of killing with an automatic weapon, on the night of April 24-25, the driver and front passenger of a car that allegedly forced a checkpoint at the Pont-Neuf in Paris.
The rest of the passengers in the vehicle were not injured.
Two more people were present inside the vehicle, in the back, during the shooting. They were not injured. According to information from franceinfo, it is a 21-year-old girl and a 37-year-old man, at least one of whom is known to the police. They said they consumed alcohol and cannabis. According to the passengers, the driver refused to stop during the police check because he did not have a license.
Three police officers released from custody, an open judicial investigation
An investigation has been opened against the police, entrusted to the IGPN (General Inspectorate of the National Police). The three officials, two men and a woman, were heard from Sunday to Tuesday at the IGPN premises for “gun violence by a person holding public authority” and “violence resulting in death without the intention of giving it to a person “. attributed to the public authority “.
They were released on Tuesday afternoon, their lawyer announced, and a judicial investigation was opened against them, the Paris court said a few hours later. The purpose of the survey is “Accurately treats the course of events and determines the exact circumstances of the use of his weapon by the police”, explains the Paris prosecutor. The investigation was entrusted to an investigating judge. A call for witnesses by the IGPN is launched on Tuesday.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested
A second investigation was also opened, aimed at car occupants for “attempted murder of persons holding public authority.” She was handed over to the Paris Judicial Police. In this context, theThe driver of the vehicle was handed over to police on Tuesday, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced.
Chain political reactions
These events provoked the reaction of several political figures, less than a week before the first round of the legislative elections. “Another unacceptable abuse of power. The death penalty for refusing to comply. Does the prefect approve? Is the minister happy? When is the shame?”Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of La France Insoumise, tweeted on Saturday evening. “Jean-Luc Mélenchon persists and signs with his anti-police dogma and his complacency with crime”replied the departmental councilor Les Républicains des Alpes-Maritimes, Eric Ciotti.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon persists and signs with his anti-police dogma and his complacency with crime.
He is now defending an individual who refuses to comply by deliberately rushing to the police by bicycle. pic.twitter.com/dmPCpSpUOA
– Eric Ciotti (@ECiotti) June 5, 2022
The next day, Sunday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon added on Twitter: “Police kill and rebel group Alliance justifies shootings and death for ‘refusal to comply’. When is the embarrassment?” Following these statements, the Alliance police union announced who was going to file a complaint against the leader of La France insoumise. “The police, the gendarmes deserve respect (…) Insulting them dishonors those who want to govern. That the investigations be carried out without using them as hostages of an election campaign”Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reacted.
“I find it very shocking how Jean-Luc Mélenchon systematically attacks the police with totally outrageous comments.”, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne moved to France Bleu on Tuesday. For former RN Marine Le Pen presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is “always by the side of thugs” and, on the right, Senator LR President Bruno Retailleau claimed his “sorry to the police”.