The division commissioner Grégoire Chassaing, in charge of the police system at the time of the fall in the Loire of Steve Maia Caniço in Nantes in June 2019, was indicted for manslaughter, according to the Rennes prosecutor’s office.
The Rennes public prosecutor’s office announced on July 20 that the divisional commissioner Grégoire Chassaing, in charge of the police system at the time of the fall in the Loire of Steve Maia Caniço in Nantes in June 2019, had been indicted for manslaughter.
“He disputes the grounds and terms of his indictment but he does not wish to comment on an ongoing investigation,” his lawyer Louis Cailliez told AFP.
The DDSP placed under the status of assisted witness
Another commissioner, Thierry Palermo, departmental director of public security at the time of the facts, was placed under the status of witness assisted at the end of his hearing on July 19 by the investigating judge in charge of the case. , according to Rennes prosecutor Philippe Astruc.
Six natural persons and two legal persons are summoned by the examining magistrate in this case, by the end of September in accordance with what had been announced in June.
The other people summoned are the mayor (PS) of Nantes Johanna Rolland and his former security assistant Gilles Nicolas, the former prefect of Loire-Atlantique Claude d’Harcourt as well as the chief of staff of the prefect in post at the time of the facts . The town hall of Nantes and Nantes Métropole are also convened as legal persons.
Steve Maia Caniço, a 24-year-old extracurricular animator, went to a party on the banks of the Loire on the night of June 21 to 22, 2019. His body was found drowned in the river more than a month later.
His disappearance had triggered a strong emotion in the city where demonstrators demanded “Justice for Steve”, judging the police intervention and the use of tear gas disproportionate in front of young people having fun in a neighborhood without housing.