A man, whose video of the muscular arrest in Toulouse with muzzle blows had gone viral on the net, was indicted and remanded in custody for violence against persons holding public authority, said Thursday at AFP the parquet.
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 could say. The facts reported by the police are very dependent, » for his part told AFP Me David Lanes, adding that he had appealed from the pre-trial detention pronounced Wednesday.
In the images shot during the night of Friday to Saturday in the Purpan district, 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.
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 had come 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 amount 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 while the hospital security service was trying 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.
« As 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 indignantly.
« You cannot arrest someone this way. He had no weapons on him, he was searched before being taken care of by the firefighters, » he said.
The man, who lives in Longages about thirty kilometers south of Toulouse, « had a restless youth, convictions for violence, but these are facts of the 90s, » said Me Lanes.
From 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 service (and was) designated as psychologically unstable and potentially in possession of a grenade and a handgun « .
The LDH of Toulouse had for its part denounced the « violence » of the arrest calling the images shocking.
04/30/2020 16:18:13 –
Toulouse (AFP) –
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