The three police officers heard for 48 hours after shooting a car in Paris that allegedly drove into them, shooting the passenger and seriously blessing the driver, were released on Tuesday without legal proceedings at this stage, according to their lawyer . A few days before the legislative elections, this news item takes a political turn.
The three police officers in police custody for two days for shooting the day before in Paris at a car that allegedly ran into them during a traffic check have been released from police custody without legal proceedings at this stage, said , Tuesday, June 7, their lawyer.
“After two days in police custody, my clients have developed with the investigators, they come out free of charge (…). The investigation will continue in another form and they will give all the elements of the answer so that the truth comes out,” Laurent-Franck Liénard told AFP. “They have nothing to hide and will govern their compliance with the rules and the legitimacy of their action.”
The three police officers, who shot and killed the passenger and seriously injured the driver, had been placed in police custody at the premises of the general police inspectorate (IGPN), for “violence resulting in an ITT (total interruption of work) of more than eight days with a weapon per person holding public authority” and “violence resulting in death without intention to give it by person holding public authority”.
At the same time, another investigation is open for “attempted homicide on a person holding public authority”, but the driver, seriously injured by a bullet in the chest, has not been able to be heard by the judicial police so far.
A traffic control that degenerates…
The facts took place in the XVIIIe district, late Saturday morning, when mountain bike officials wanted to check “a car with four passengers, one of whom was not wearing his seatbelt,” said a police source.
As they approached, the car fled. A little further on, as the officers tried again to control him, the driver allegedly activated and “ran” into the officers who, according to the police, used their weapons and hit the driver and a female passenger.
Nine cartridges would have been fired, but additional ballistic expertise should take place.
The two rear passengers were not obtained. They have since been heard by investigators.
One of them told RTL that the driver, without a license, had “advanced a little” and “did not stop” when a policeman ordered him to. The vehicle ended up in “a kind of traffic jam” and shots were fired. “My friend put the first and started again after the shots”, assured this man.
The driver was serving a sentence and benefiting from a semi-freedom arrangement, according to a source close to the investigation.
… and which created a political controversy
A few days before the first round of the legislative elections, the news item took a political turn. The rebellious leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is the target of many criticisms for having said that “the police kill”, but he persists and signs.
In his weekend tweets, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had denounced “a police (which) kills”, guilty of applying “the death penalty for a refusal to comply” and exercising “an unacceptable abuse of power”. “The prefect approved? The minister congratulated? Shame is when?”, he added, also attacking the Alliance union which defended the civil servants.
Elisabeth Borne judged, on Tuesday, “very shocking” and described as “outrageous” the words of the rebellious leader. “I find it very shocking how Jean-Luc Mélenchon systematically attacks the police with totally outrageous remarks,” said the Prime Minister on France Bleu. “The police carried out a difficult mission in the service of the French”.
“After what happened this weekend, with one death, it’s obviously tragic,” said Elisabeth Borne. “Justice is seized and it is justice that will say what happened. A judicial inquiry is underway, there is also an investigation by the IGPN, we cannot have, like Mélenchon, a presumption accountability to the police”.
“4 dead in 4 months. The death of a 21-year-old young woman shot in the head: no big deal for Borne,” replied Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Tuesday afternoon. “For her, only I am a problem. Borne, technocratic Prime Minister without heart, without human compassion, without republican principle on the public force”, he still lamented.
The police kills and the rebel group Alliance justifies the shootings and the death for “refusal to comply”. Shame is when?
— Jean-Luc Melenchon (@JLMelenchon) June 5, 2022
Unrest in a lackluster end to the campaign
Tuesday morning, the leader of La France insoumise had also said on France Inter to assume his proposals, explaining that he had “raised the tone” to denounce “the evolution of the use of police force as it is today defined by the political power that commands.” “I want people to talk about it,” he insisted.
Defending himself to be “anticop”, he again pointed the finger at the “factious behavior”, according to him, of certain police “politico-union organizations”.
In addition to the Prime Minister, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s remarks caused the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, to react, who declared that “the police, the gendarmes want respect. They do a courageous, difficult job and consider their lives every moment”. He also called for “letting the investigations be done without using them as hostages of an electoral campaign”.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is “always on the side of the thugs”, “never of the police”, lambasted for his part on Franceinfo the former RN presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.
In the ranks of the Nupes, it is radio silence. But the Socialists opposed to the alliance with La France insoumise and supporters of dissident candidacies for these legislative elections do not hesitate to add their voices to the critics. “Police officers fall every year to ensure the protection of the French. They justify our respect. Insulting and smearing them through electoralism and pure cynicism is irresponsible and unworthy”, wrote former socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Twitter.
This subject of “police violence” risks agitating in recent days of a campaign hitherto atoned: a policeman fired on the night of Monday to Tuesday in Argenteuil (Val-d’Oise) on a 21-year-old motorist and suspected of having refused a check, blessing him on the back, we informed police sources on Tuesday. At the end of April, a police officer was indicted for “intentional homicide”, suspected of having killed the driver and a passenger of a car which would have forced a control on the Pont-Neuf in Paris.