After French police fatally shot a teenager during a traffic check and then appeared to mislead about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, the country braced itself for additional angry demonstrations on Wednesday.
Unrest broke out overnight in a number of suburbs surrounding Paris as a result of the shooting.
The administration has issued a statement asking for calm as public figures and celebrities have voiced their outrage and grief over the murder of the 17-year-old.
According to the prosecution, a minor who has only been identified as Nael M. was pulled over by two police officers on Tuesday for violating driving laws.
The police initially said that one officer shot at the teenager because he was driving his car towards him, but this version of events was disputed by a video that was circulating on social media and was validated by AFP. The video shows that the cop fired his gun at the adolescent because the teenager was driving his automobile at the officer.
The video indicates that the two law enforcement officers were indeed standing by the side of the parked car, with one of them brandishing a firearm in the direction of the driver. The following words can be made out: “You are going to get a bullet in the head.”
After that, it seems as though the police officer fires a shot point blank as the automobile suddenly speeds off.
The vehicle proceeded to drive a few dozen meters until it crashed. The driver passed away not long after that.
His death immediately provoked demonstrations in Nanterre, which is a suburb of Paris located to the west.
At the same time that the police were using tear gas to try to disperse the protesters, dumpsters were set on fire and a fire started at a music school.
After that, protests broke out in a few of the surrounding suburbs.
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported that nighttime operations resulted in the arrest of 31 persons, small injuries to 24 police officers, and the torching of approximately 40 vehicles.
Darmanin stated that 2,000 police officers would be deployed later on Wednesday in the event that there was additional violence.
“Emotion” Government spokesman Olivier Veran told reporters that President Emmanuel Macron had expressed “emotion” at the shooting during Wednesday’s weekly cabinet meeting, and called for “calm” on behalf of the government. Veran also said that Macron had called for “calm” on behalf of the government.
The police officer, who was 38 years old at the time, was arrested after being filmed firing the fatal shot. He is currently being investigated for voluntary manslaughter.
Yassine Bouzrou, the attorney for Nael M, declared that he would submit an extra court complaint against the police officer for voluntary manslaughter, in addition to a complaint against his colleague for involvement in the shooting.
The attorney stated that he will file a further complaint against the police officers for giving misleading testimony by saying that Nael M. had attempted to run them over.
There were two other people in the car with me. One of them got away, and the other, who was also a teenager, was taken into custody for a little while.
A number of famous people and officials have expressed their anger, concern, and outrage at the shooting.
Kylian Mbappe, the captain of the French men’s national football team and a great player for the Paris Saint-Germain club, tweeted, “I am hurting for my France.” Mbappe is also a star player for the Paris Saint-Germain club.
“An unacceptable situation. Mbappe expressed his condolences to Nael’s family and friends, saying, “All of my thoughts go out to the friends and family of that little angel who left us far too soon.”
On Twitter, the actor Omar Sy, who is best known for his part in the movie “The Intouchables” and the TV show “Lupin,” wrote, “I hope that justice worthy of the name will honor the memory of this child.”
“Police are becoming more like those in the United States.” –
According to Marine Tondelier, head of the Green Party, “what I see on this video is the execution by police of a 17-year-old kid, in France, in 2023, in broad daylight.” This event took place in France.
She stated that she had “heard a policeman lie, his colleague lie, the prosecutor lie, and the media lie” prior to the release of the tape. She went on to say that “you get the feeling that our police is becoming like America’s,” which was her conclusion.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, a politician on the far left, declared that “France no longer has the death penalty” and demanded “a complete redesign of the police force.”
The video footage was described as “extremely shocking” by Darmanin in parliament. Darmanin is someone who has previously supported the police in instances that were comparable to this one.
On Wednesday, he stated that the officer would be placed on administrative leave “provided that the charges against him are upheld.”
The head of the police force in Paris, Laurent Nunez, referred to the perpetrator of the shooting as a “seasoned police sergeant who had the trust of his superiors.”
A record number of thirteen persons were killed in France in 2022 as a direct result of their refusal to stop for police traffic checks.