A traffic stop in Paris ends with a dead passenger. The judiciary is investigating several police officers, and a prominent politician has also sharply criticized their actions.
France’s judiciary has launched investigations into three police officers after the death of a woman as a result of an escalated traffic stop.
The investigations revolve around, among other things, the allegation of intentional use of force, said the Paris prosecutor on Tuesday. The woman was shot in the head and succumbed to her life-threatening injuries.
Officials wanted to check a car in the north of Paris on Saturday. This did not last despite repeated requests. Officials called to back up fired at the car, critically injuring the driver and passenger. The car only came to a standstill after an accident with another car. The driver, who is no longer in mortal danger, is under investigation for driving under the influence of drugs and without a license.
The case also sparked political debate after leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon heavily criticized the police’s actions.