a reconstitution will take place on Sunday in Nanterre

a reconstitution will take place on Sunday in Nanterre
a reconstitution will take place on Sunday in Nanterre

The police officer responsible for the fatal shooting will be present, as well as witnesses. The main objective being to confront the parties with their testimony at the crime scene.

Almost a year after the death of Nahel, killed by police shooting in Nanterre on June 27, 2023, justice is bringing together the protagonists in the case this Sunday at 9 a.m. for a reconstruction of the facts, we learned Le Figaro from sources close to the case. Florian M., the police officer indicted for intentional homicide and his colleagues as well as witnesses will be present. “For the first time, all parties will be confronted with their testimony at the crime scene, it is a powerful moment”, underlines Nabil Boudi, lawyer for Nahel’s mother. And to add: “She is very stressed, it brings back bad memories.”

The distribution on social networks of a video showing a police officer shooting the 17-year-old teenager at point-blank range during a traffic stop led to several nights of violent riots. Across France, fires in public buildings and infrastructure or looting of stores have caused damage worth a billion euros, according to the Senate. In Nanterre, not far from the roundabout where Nahel was killed and where the reconstruction will take place, certain buildings still bear traces.

The investigation into Nahel’s death, which has become a symbol of the debate on violence committed by police officers, must in particular establish whether the use of the firearm was legitimate. A first police version, according to which the teenager had rushed towards the biker, was quickly refuted by the video of the events, broadcast on social networks.

Police officer released

For five months, the police officer responsible for the shooting, Florian M., aged 38 at the time of the incident, was placed in pre-trial detention. But in November, he was released and placed under judicial supervision after several requests from his counsel.

The judges who decided to release him recognized that he still existed “discrepancies between the different versions given”but that “the risk of consultation” now appeared, “in this configuration, less significant” And “cannot justify the continuation of pre-trial detention on this basis”.

“Judicial information has progressed”, the civil parties and the two police officers having been interviewed, indicated the magistrates. They also point out that “if the disturbance to public order remains”, “it is less than on the date of placement in pre-trial detention”.

After Florian M.’s release, Mounia, Nahel’s mother who was raising him alone, called for a rally to which a few hundred people attended peacefully. “A police officer kills a child, Arab or black, becomes a millionaire and leaves prison, reunites with his family peacefully for the holidays”she lamented in a video, in reference to the kitty which raised more than 1.6 million euros in support of the police officer’s family.

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