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In Sevran, misunderstanding after the death of a man, killed by a policeman

It was a “good guy”, “a father who had stowed away cars” and that “tried to get out”. This is the portrait that many residents of the Beaudottes district, in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis), draw of Jean-Paul, shot dead by a police officer from the anti-crime brigade (BAC), Saturday March 26 . The 30-year-old man was driving a stolen van. The exact circumstances of the tragedy are still unclear. Clashes broke out in the town of Sevran and the neighboring town of Aulnay-sous-Bois the two nights that followed.

A dozen burned vehicles, burning barricades, an RATP bus stolen and then burned, garbage cans on fire, projectiles thrown at the police… Sixteen people, including four minors, were arrested during the weekend. end, said the interior ministry. Among them, three were referred for immediate appearance, six cases were sent to the prosecution and one closed without further action. Six police custody for damage and violence against the police were in progress on Monday, said the Bobigny prosecutor’s office. On Tuesday, Gérald Darmanin said in a tweet that the police had still apprehended thirteen people on Monday evening.

The events of the weekend revive the tensions between young people and the police which undermine the daily life of this city of some 10,000 inhabitants.

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“It’s very tense here today, it’s better to leave,” alerts a young man on a scooter. At his side, a resident compares the facts with the death of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old young man who died on the ground of the Persan barracks (Val-d’Oise), in July 2016, following an arrest. muscled by the gendarmes: “Another blunder, another policeman who must have panicked, and more police unions who, to cover themselves, smear the memory of the dead by bringing out his criminal record, he fumes. He got away with it, I tell you! It was all behind him! »

“One Shot”

” It’s true, says the victim’s lawyer, Mr.and Steve Ruben, who represented Jean-Paul for ten years. He had passed his HGV license, set up a business, trained in Canada, he had found his way. If he had a lot of trouble with the police, for theft cases, he no longer owed anything to justice, it had been two to three years since he had any proceedings in progress. »

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The man was an entrepreneur in the transport sector who “made young people from the neighborhood work”, provides knowledge, “JP had not stolen the van” but had “made the mistake” of “grab it himself” to one of its associates (subcontractor or client company) following a financial dispute. “Nobody knows exactly what happened with the official, but it’s delusional to come to this, the police could have arrested him other than by shooting him”, whispers a merchant from the city.

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