In Nanterre and other nearby suburbs, violent clashes erupted last night over the death of 17-year-old Nael. Twenty-four officers were wounded and more than thirty arrested. In the morning, Nael was behind the wheel of a car that had been stopped by two motorcycle policemen to check traffic. Nail faster and faster. Then one of the two officers fired at the car, killing the young driver.
Video footage of the incident was circulated on social media. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin called them shocked and urged calm. Many other people were also shocked, including politicians and soccer player Kylian Mbappe. He described the incident as unacceptable. There is also a lot of support for agents on social media and politics. According to the chief of police, these are experienced officers without problems with their files.
Macron indicated that justice must be done and everyone must remain calm. He said that “there is no excuse for that, and there is no justification for the death of a young man.”
Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne confirms that everything is being done to find out exactly what happened. “The shocking images show clear behavior that does not comply with the rules of intervention for our security forces.”
In 2017, the rules for the use of firearms by customers in France were revised. According to some media outlets, she became less visible as a result. In principle, an officer may shoot if someone in the vehicle does not obey an order to stop, and if there is no other way to stop the vehicle. But the driver must, in the officer’s opinion, pose a danger to himself or others by continuing to drive prior to the shooting.
Fear of new riots
The authorities fear new riots the next night. Two thousand policemen stand by. They were sent mainly to the arrondissement of Hauts-de-Seine, the capital of which was Nanterre.
Nael’s mother called for a silent march Thursday afternoon. “It’s a revolution for my son,” she said in a TikTok video. The family has now filed a lawsuit against the officer and the police.
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