The video of his muscular arrest in Toulouse with muzzle shots went around social networks. A man has been charged and placed in pre-trial detention for violence against persons holding public authority, the prosecution said on Thursday.
Arrested during the night of April 24 to 25, he was prosecuted for “violence with a weapon, death threats, violence against persons in charge of public authority, rebellion, carrying and possession of a Category C weapon, administration of harmful substances” , said the Toulouse prosecution.
This muscular arrest had aroused the indignation of human rights defenders while the police unions invoked the dangerousness of an individual presented as a psychiatric patient.
“After an altercation with a neighbor, he was found on the public highway with a rifle. Entrenched at his home, after negotiations for several hours, he was transported to the hospital from which he fled by threatening a police officer. security “, according to the prosecution.
“Spotted on a street by the police, his arrest was particularly difficult because of his opposition and his impressive size. The conditions of this arrest are under investigation, “concluded the prosecution.
“My client has no psychiatric liabilities as we have said. The facts reported by the police are very dependent,” said David Lanes, adding that he had appealed the detention ordered Wednesday .
In the footage filmed during the night of Friday to Saturday in the Purpan area, where there is a teaching hospital, we can see a policeman hitting a man in the face with his muzzle while other officers try to control him on the ground.
Escape from a psychiatric ward
According to the lawyer, the facts took place in two stages. In the evening of Friday to Saturday, the man threatened with “an old unloaded rifle” one of his neighbors who came to his house asking for rolling papers.
“Called by the neighbor, the gendarmes then went to his home, where they found a hatchet and an old rifle. As he had absorbed a large quantity of tranquilizer, they called the firefighters who took him to the emergency room. Purpan Hospital, “said the lawyer.
The 50-year-old then decided to leave the emergency room against the doctor’s advice and left as the hospital security service attempted to intervene. Then spotted by a police patrol that dropped a dog on him, he was bitten and had his hand in blood, according to his advice.
“When he was bleeding, he told them that he was sick, that he had hepatitis. He wanted to warn the police and they knew it was a threat,” said Mr. Lanes. “You can’t arrest someone that way. He had no weapons on him, he was searched before being taken care of by the firefighters,” he said.
As of Sunday, the union SGP Police union, had justified the methods of arrest evoking an individual of “1m90 for 130 kilos (…) who had escaped from a psychiatric ward, designated as psychologically unstable and potentially in possession of a grenade and a handgun “.
The LDH of Toulouse for its part denounced the “violence” of the arrest calling the images shocking.