In Sevran, the police officer responsible for a fatal shot in police custody at the IGPN


The policeman responsible for the shooting who killed a 33-year-old man on Saturday during a check in Sevran was placed in police custody on Wednesday March 30 for “intentional violence”four days after this death which causes great tension in several communes of Seine-Saint-Denis.

Could not be auditioned earlier because he had been hospitalized ” in a state of shock “the police officer was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m. by the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN), in charge of the investigation.

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“At this stage of the investigation carried out by the IGPN, he is placed in police custody on the charge of voluntary violence having led to death without intention to give it, aggravated by his quality of person depositary of the public authority and the ‘use of a weapon’announced in the early evening the prosecutor Eric Mathais in a press release.

Night of scuffles in Seine-Saint-Denis

The drama took place at midday on Saturday, when a crew from the Aulnay-sous-Bois anti-crime brigade wanted to check the reported stolen van driven by the victim.

“A policeman came up to the driver’s window and, in circumstances that remain to be determined, fired his weapon – a single shot – as the van suddenly started again”had previously traced Eric Mathais.

Seriously injured in the left shoulder blade, the driver died at the end of the afternoon in hospital. The autopsy confirmed that the shooting was the cause of death.

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CASE. Unease in the police

The death of this resident of the Beaudottes district, named Jean-Paul, caused four consecutive nights of clashes in several communes of Seine-Saint-Denis, bordering the district. In Sevran, Aulnay-sous-Bois and Tremblay-en-France, popular towns located northeast of Paris, vehicles and garbage cans were set on fire and projectiles thrown at the police, according to a police source. No one has been injured so far, she added.

An important security device will be deployed again on Wednesday evening. A “white march” is organized on Saturday morning in memory of the victim, departing from Aulnay-sous-Bois.

Complaint for murder

According to local residents’ accounts to AFP on Monday, Jean-Paul, nicknamed “JP” was a self-employed delivery driver who worked with a package delivery provider. He had stolen the van from her because of a financial dispute.

Several residents told AFP that they did not understand why the official had not “pulled in the wheels”and cast doubt on the possibility of self-defence. “This is a situation that could have been avoided”underlined one of them. “He (the policeman) must have panicked. The trigger was sensitive…”

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Police unions highlighted the victim’s judicial past and considered that the response was proportionate. This is a “hit and run with overthrown policeman”tweeted the Union of National Police Commissioners.

Police violence: the “beef-carrots” in the report

“He had the legal background of a young person who evolved in a difficult neighborhood, who was looking for himself, but who no longer owed anything to justice”, nuanced with AFP his longtime lawyer, Me Steeve Ruben, who now represents the family alongside Philippe-Henry Honegger and Arié Alimi. They announced that they had filed a complaint with civil action for murder in Bobigny.

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Sentenced for acts of “theft and receiving”according to Me Ruben, the 30-year-old, who was raising four children with his partner, had recently completed personal assistance training in Canada.

“It’s amazing to think that the police have a license to kill. There to stop a hit and run, you’re taking someone’s life”estimated the lawyer, who launched an appeal to collect videos or testimonies of the incident.



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