The mom of a teenage boy who was fatally shot by the French police held a protest on Sunday in opposition to the discharge of the officer who killed her son. The officer was launched from custody however stays beneath supervision because the case is additional investigated.
Nahel Merzouk was 17 when he was shot and killed at a site visitors cease on June 27, 2023. The officer chargeable for his dying, who has been recognized as 38-year-old “Florian M.,” was jailed two days later for preliminary prices of voluntary murder. The dying of Nahel, whose dad and mom have been Algerian and Moroccan, sparked widespread unrest throughout France. Within the first seven days of consecutive protests, 3,000 individuals have been arrested.
4-and-a-half months after Nahel’s dying, on November 15, the officer was released as he now not fulfilled the “authorized standards” beneath which he was held, based on the prosecution service. His judicial supervision means he’s restricted in his actions whereas the case is additional investigated. In response to his launch, Nahel’s mom, Mounia, organized a peaceable protest within the place the place her son died, Nelson Mandela Sq. in Nanterre, Paris. 500 demonstrators attended the occasion, with many carrying shirts that learn “Justice for Nahel.”
A journalist from Mouv (an offshoot of Radio France) who attended the protest, posted on X (previously Twitter) in regards to the demonstration. They quoted Nahel’s mother, who stated: “Within the morning after I get up, I now not have his voice, I now not have his smile. I miss every part about my child.” Yanis, a childhood buddy of Nahel, advised Mouv: “There’s clearly a double normal. The police are overprotected.”
It’s unclear whether or not or not the case will proceed to trial.