From the white march which shook at the foot of the city of Gros-Saule, in Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), where the parents of Jean-Paul Benjamin, 33, killed by a police officer live of the city’s anti-crime brigade (BAC) on March 26, there is no image or interview. An improvised security service dismissed television teams who had come to cover the event – “for fear of reprisals from the police”said the family of the victim, who called ” quiet “ and at “respecting his memory”. And, also, because the media have been accused of focusing on the five nights of riots that followed the announcement of the death of “JP”, which resulted in 42 arrests and fifteen immediate appearances .
On Saturday April 2, the Bobigny prosecutor, Eric Mathais, announced the indictment of the official for “willful violence resulting in death without intention to give it”. Contrary to the wishes of the investigating judges in charge of the case, the 32-year-old policeman, formerly assigned to the direction of public order and traffic and then to the BAC of Clichy-sous-Bois, was not imprisoned. , but placed under judicial control in accordance with the requisitions of the prosecution. Exercise is also prohibited until further notice.
The drama was tied in less than a minute, said the Bobigny prosecutor, between 12:22 p.m. and 12:23 p.m. A little earlier in the day, Jean-Paul Benjamin, whose criminal record was provided but who hadn’t been talked about for three years, had ” grasped “ on his own initiative the vehicle of a person who employed him as a driver. “There was a dispute with the person he was working for, who refused to pay him, and he kept the van until he was paid”, said the lawyers of his family. The owner had hastened to report the facts and the vehicle, spotted by a crew from the BAC of Aulnay-sous-Bois, had been checked on the public highway. In a handful of seconds, Jean-Paul Benjamin was hit by a projectile which crossed part of the left side of his body. Seriously injured, he died a few hours after being admitted to a hospital center. According to the elements brought to light by the autopsy, the only shot of the policeman is indeed at the origin of the death.
The investigators of the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) seek to establish the chronology of the facts but also, and above all, to determine the circumstances in which the brigadier used his weapon. Hospitalized for ninety-six hours due to a ” State of shock “he ended up explaining, according to the report of the Bobigny prosecution, “Having placed himself at the level of the driver’s window, having raised his weapon while shouting ‘Police!'”, before trying “to open the door that was locked” several times without success. “Unbalanced” when checking the victim’s vehicle, he would have “fired for this reason”having “felt in self-defense”.
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