A judicial investigation was opened for "violence" after a young woman from Garges-lès-Gonesse (Val-d'Oise) accused a police officer of having pushed her and caused her miscarriage, the prosecutor's office said on Thursday. Pontoise, confirming information from Le Monde.
After a preliminary investigation, the public prosecutor's office decided to open a judicial investigation against X, entrusted to an examining magistrate, for “violence […] by a person holding public authority and on a vulnerable person because of his state of custody. pregnancy ".
"I consider that this is an essential step forward", reacted to AFP the lawyer of the young woman, Vincent Brengarth, "it is essential that it is a magistrate who takes matters in hand".
Verbalization for failure to wear a mask
However, he was "dissatisfied" that the prosecution did not retain the criminal qualification of "permanent mutilation", that is the loss of the fetus following the alleged violence, put forward in the complaint with the constitution of civil party filed the week. last in the name of his client named Debora.
The judicial information was also opened for violence by a person holding public authority and in a meeting on the cousin of the young woman, said the prosecution.
Garges-lès-Gonesse: after the loss of her fetus, Debora files a complaint against the police
On December 10, Debora, 23 and four and a half months pregnant, was in a shopping mall in town with her 22-year-old cousin.
She told the press on Monday that a policewoman had fined them for not wearing a mask.
Later, this official "caught" her cousin in order to arrest her for "contempt".
Then she "grabbed me by the arm, pushed me against the wall three times violently," continued the young woman.
"During the night, I started to feel pain"
At the end of their custody, the two women were summoned to court in July for contempt of a person holding public authority, according to a source close to the investigation.
“During the night, I started to feel pains” which will turn out to be contractions, recounted Debora.
After several medical consultations, she was hospitalized in emergency two days after the incident and gave birth on December 21 to a stillborn baby girl.
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"My client categorically denies having committed any violence against the complainant and she calmly awaits her hearing by the IGPN (General Inspectorate of the National Police) as well as the examination of all the elements", told AFP the policewoman's lawyer, Thibault de Montbrial.