Miscellaneous Facts: Tensions in Sevran

Fireworks shooting, bus burning, projectiles thrown, barricades… Parts of Sevran, the urban violence that began on Saturday after the death of a man shot down by a policeman spilled over to the neighboring town of Aulnay-sous-bois, Sunday evening.

The situation in these two communes of Seine-Saint-Denis escalated after the death of a 32-year-old man, the father, who was shot dead by a policeman who tried to arrest him during a road check.

“Circumstances are being clarified”

On Saturday at noon, the Aulnay-sous-Bois crime-fighting brigade spotted a van, believed to have been stolen, which had stopped at a red light on rue Suzanne Lenglen. One of the police officers appeared at the driver’s window and “under circumstances that have yet to be precisely established, used his weapon – a single shot – when the van suddenly started moving again,” Bobigny prosecutor Eric Matais explained to the press. issue published on Sunday.

The prosecutor’s office added that the van ends its race “a few hundred meters further” by crashing into cars parked in the Baudotte lane in Sevran. “Severely wounded by a bullet”, the driver, whose life prognosis was being investigated, was immediately taken by emergency services, but he died of his injuries “several hours later in the hospital.”

Stolen and burned bus

Only a few hours after the tragedy, the situation escalated. A police source confirmed that dumpster fires had been lit since early Saturday evening, with police deployed to secure the premises being targeted by projectiles, rocks and mortars. In total, on the night of Saturday to Sunday, “ten people were arrested and placed in police custody for acts of violence in the city” on the night of Saturday to Sunday, prosecutors at Bobigny said.

After a day of calm, violence resumed the next night, especially in the Baudotte area of ​​Sevran, where police came under “lots of mortar fire,” added a police source, joined by 20 minutesreporting several “burnt cars” and “Molotov cocktails thrown at police cars” as shown in images taken by freelance journalist Clement Lano.

Shortly before midnight in the nearby town of 3,000, Aulnay-sous-Bois, a public transport bus was stopped on its way by a barricade erected on the road. The driver asked the passengers to get out of the car. “Thirty hooded men armed with iron bars” then asked the driver to get off the bus. before stealing and setting fire, indicates a police source. Many law enforcement units were called in as reinforcements, including police officers from CRS 7 and CRS 8, as well as a canine brigade.

According to prosecutors in Bobigny, six people were detained on Sunday night for Monday night “for participating in a group with the intent to commit violence, violence against a person holding public office, or even aggravated humiliation.”

Investigation launched by IGPN

According to the prosecution, the policeman who fired his weapon was in a state of shock and was hospitalized. Doctors have not yet sanctioned his hearing, the author of the shooting has not yet been heard. The General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) launched an investigation to establish the exact circumstances of the policeman’s murder. If calm returns, support units are scheduled to be reinforced this Monday “until at least Thursday” in Saint-Saint-Denis, a police source said. 20 minutes.

In a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday, Sevran Mayor Stéphane Blanche assured that “everything will be done to establish the exact circumstances of this tragedy,” which left “the residents of his district in shock.” According to a city councilor, the victims were a 32-year-old man from Sevres and his father. “While we wait, it is important for everyone’s safety to remain calm,” he added.

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