Two French Police Officers Face Pre-Riot Charges

You’ve got to be kidding me!! OK, so two muslim “youth” break the law, run from police, go into a clearly marked electrical substation, to hide, get electrocuted and somehow this is the police officers fault?
France, why don’t you just haul down the Tri-Colors and run up the crescent moon? You’ve already surrendered to islam anyway.

PARIS – A judge in the Paris suburb of Bobigny has charged two police officers in connection with the 2005 electrocutions of two teens whose deaths sparked three weeks of rioting in France, officials said Thursday.

The two officers were charged Wednesday for “non-assistance to people in danger,” which carries up to five years in prison and a maximum $97,400 fine, judicial officials said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.

The decision came more than 15 months after Zyed Benna, 17, and Bouna Traore, 15, were killed as they hid from police in a power substation in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois.

The Oct. 27, 2005, electrocutions triggered riots that raged through housing projects in troubled neighborhoods with large Arab and black populations. France’s suburbs remain plagued by poverty, discrimination, tensions between youth and police and a sense of alienation from French society.

An internal police review of the electrocutions, released in December, faulted police officers for their handling of the incident. The report confirmed the officers had been chasing the teens before they were killed, which the Interior Ministry and police had initially denied.

The report said officers should immediately have notified French energy company EDF that the youths were hiding in the power station.

It also said that if officers had notified EDF, technicians could have intervened 15 minutes before the accident. Still, the report said such steps would not necessarily have prevented the electrocutions.

Under French law, everyone — not just police — must make an effort to help a person in danger as long as they or others aren’t themselves threatened by bringing such aid. For example, although non-swimmers would not be required to jump into water to save a drowning person, they would be obligated to try to get help.

Judge Olivier Geron, in his decision, considered that the two officers should have tried to warn France’s EDF to cut the power at the substation or take other measures to protect the teens.

Le Figaro daily on Thursday, citing judicial sources, identified the two officers as Sebastien G., 32, and Stephanie K., 29. Both had testified about the case before Geron in November, along with three other officers.

Tensions in France’s suburbs are a particularly sore subject for Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, who is running for president.

The Interior Ministry declined immediate comment on the decision.

Sonia Imloul, head of an association called Respect 93 that works to prevent youth crime in Paris’ rough suburbs, said the police committed “homicide” and urged Sarkozy to apologize to the families.

“The youths died for nothing, and this death must not remain unpunished,” she said. “If two youths had killed two police officers, by today they would already be imprisoned.”

Local authorities hailed the charges.

“We have always said that it is important that light be shed on what happened that day and what to understand how two young people could die because they were afraid of being stopped by police,” said Olivier Klein, assistant to the mayor of Clichy-sous-Bois.

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2 Responses to “Two French Police Officers Face Pre-Riot Charges”

  1. Sekou Keita says:

    What does this news item have to do with Islam or religion? If two criminals with Christian names are killed while running from police in a majority-Muslim country, is it inherently a religious matter? As long as we insist on dividing the world into “THEM” (Muslims) and “US” (Americans? Christians? Non-Muslims? Dhimmis?) we will be unable to understand what’s really going on. The two electrocuted teens, and the rioters who emerged after their deaths, were a lot of things–hoodlums, vandals, frustrated youth, immigrants, French citizens. Do we even know if they were practicing Muslims?

    And when did celebrating the violent death of young people become part of a “Christian perspective”? You and I haven’t been drinking the same Jesus juice….

  2. Steve says:

    Sekou,
    Yes, we do know for a fact that they were Muslims and we do know for a fact that they were the flash point of the riots. We also know that most, if not all, of the rioters are Muslims.
    It would be nice if it wasn’t an “us” versus “them” mentality. Maybe this is a point you should take up with the Muslims, since they are, in fact, the worst offenders of that mentality.

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