The three police officers who shot in Paris at a car that allegedly drove into them emerged free from police custody on Tuesday, without legal proceedings at this stage after the shooting death of a young passenger, which sparked heated political exchanges before the first round of legislative elections.

After 48 hours in police custody at the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN), “they come out free of charge”, told AFP Me Laurent-Franck Liénard. “They have nothing to hide and will demonstrate their respect for the rules and the legitimacy of their action”.

The investigations are continuing, now entrusted to an investigating judge for in particular “willful violence resulting in death without the intention of giving it by a person holding public authority”.

This “judicial information will make it possible to trace precisely the course of the facts and to determine the exact circumstances of use of their weapon by the police”, indicated the prosecutor of the Republic of Paris, Laure Beccuau, in a press release.

The driver of the vehicle, seriously injured by gunshot but whose state of health has improved, was placed in police custody on Tuesday for in particular “attempted homicide on a person holding public authority”.

He is suspected of having refused to comply late Saturday morning in the 18th arrondissement, when mountain bike officials wanted to check his vehicle twice. The officials fired and shot in the head the passenger seated in the front, a young woman born in 2001, who died the following day.

“After the hysterization and politicization of the debate, the time is for investigation and serenity” for the investigators, tweeted the union Unit SGP which, like its competitor Alliance, provided its “support” to the police.

This control revived the question of the use of force by the police and gendarmes and fueled a new pass of arms between the head of rebellious France Jean-Luc Mélenchon and his political opponents.

Mr. Mélenchon said Tuesday on France Inter to assume to have castigated this weekend “a police which kills”. He explained that he had “raised his voice” to denounce “the evolution of the use of police force as it is today defined by the political power that commands”.

“If you vote for me, I will change the doctrine for the use of police force in our country” for a “proportionate” use, promised the number 1 of LFI, who is seeking the post of Prime Minister if the alliance of left (Nupes) won a majority of seats in the Assembly after the legislative elections of June 12 and 19.

Defending himself to be “anticop”, he again pointed the finger at the “factious behavior” according to him of certain police “politico-union organizations”.

Words that triggered a salvo of criticism, when the Nupes is identified by the presidential majority as its main opponent for this election.

“I find it very shocking how Jean-Luc Mélenchon systematically attacks the police with totally outrageous remarks,” said Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on France Bleu on Tuesday.

“Four deaths in 4 months. The death of a 21-year-old young woman shot in the head: not serious for

“He is going too far”, it is a “controlled skid”, protested the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti. “It’s unbearable from a senior politician, particularly in this electoral period,” said the Keeper of the Seals on BFM TV, launching: “It’s the LFI politburo that dispenses justice in this country. ?”.

For the former RN presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is “always on the side of the thugs” and, on the right, the president of the senators LR Bruno Retailleau demanded his “apologies to the police”.

At the end of April, in Paris, a police officer was indicted for “intentional homicide”, suspected of having killed the driver and a passenger of a car which allegedly forced a check near the Pont Neuf. And on the night of Monday to Tuesday, a police officer injured a motorist on the back suspected of having refused a check in Argenteuil (Val-d’Oise).


07/06/2022 19:37:51 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP