the prosecution demands a trial against the police officer who killed a motorist in 2022

the prosecution demands a trial against the police officer who killed a motorist in 2022
the prosecution demands a trial against the police officer who killed a motorist in 2022

The police officer, whose shooting deemed “neither necessary nor proportionate” had killed a motorist in March 2022 in Aulnay-sous-Bois, could be referred to the departmental criminal court, announces the Bobigny prosecutor’s office.

The Bobigny public prosecutor’s office has requested a trial for violence leading to death without intention to cause it against a police officer who shot and killed a motorist in March 2022 in Aulnay-sous-Bois, in Seine-Saint-Denis , - learned from the deputy public prosecutor of Bobigny.

THE “shooting intentionally” by the official was not “neither necessary nor proportionate”, writes the public prosecutor in the indictment, revealed by Mediapart. The prosecution requested that he be tried by the departmental criminal court.

Saturday March 26, 2022, Jean-Paul Benjamin, head of a goods transport company and in conflict with an intermediary from the multinational Amazon over unpaid invoices, stole a van full of packages from delivery men shortly after noon. The van is reported stolen. On police radio antennas, the alert is given. A team from the BAC in Aulnay-sous-Bois spotted the vehicle, stopped at a red light in an avenue in the city.

One of the police officers gets out of the car and walks towards the truck, without a visible police armband. Within three seconds, he moved up to the driver’s door of the van, backed up when the vehicle started again and fired. Hit in the shoulder blade, Jean-Paul Benjamin finished his race in the neighboring Beaudottes district of Sevran.

The bullet passed through several vital organs and lodged in the liver, causing internal bleeding. “There was no immediate threat to the safety of both (the police officer) and the users, motorists and pedestrians present nearby,” estimates the Bobigny public prosecutor’s office.

The public prosecutor also criticizes the fact that the police officer quickly intervened alone, without waiting for his colleagues to get out of the BAC vehicle.

His lawyer, Me Thibault de Montbrial, did not wish to react. “Fatal shootings committed against drivers by police officers, including in the event of refusal to comply, constitute crimes punishable by a minimum of 20 years of imprisonment. The family welcomes these requisitions from the prosecution which also make it possible to establish the jurisprudence in this matter. of police violence”declared to AFP Me Arié Alimi, lawyer for the widow of Jean-Paul Benjamin and their two children.

In 2022, fatal shootings during police checks increased in the Paris region. The death of this popular father in the popular Beaudottes neighborhood led to several nights of clashes. The Bobigny prosecutor, Eric Mathais, held a press conference to announce the indictment of the police officer.

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