At least 11 people have been detained during clashes erupted in France’s Nantes after a police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man resisting detention on July 4.
According to local police chief Jean-Christophe Bertrand said a car of Aboubakar F. had been under surveillance as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. It was pulled over during a traffic check, but his identity was “not clear and officers received orders to bring the driver to the police station.”
The suspect attempted to reverse the vehicle hitting a police officer in the knee. “One of his colleagues then fired, hitting the young man who unfortunately died,” police chief said.
Following the incident, clashes between police and protesters started in the northwestern neighbourhood of Breil and spreaded into the nearby neighborhoods. Protestsers used molotov cocktails and set at least 20 cars ablaze.
Police deoloyed at least 200 personnel to restore a relative peace and order in these neighbourhoods known for hosting a large number of migrants from Arab countries [a high number of them is from Algeria].
Révoltes urbaines dans le quartier de #Breil à #Nantes suite à l’annonce du décès d’un jeune qui aurait été abattu par la police par balles sans « sommation » à la suite d’un contrôle d’identité. Le quartier sous tension est entièrement bouclé. pic.twitter.com/9JctFyJPPf
— Taha Bouhafs? (@T_Bouhafs) 3 July 2018