"He didn't do anything, he didn't do anything," a witness to the scene repeats in a video filmed by a local resident. On Thursday, Libération and Médiapart released a video shedding light on the circumstances of the death of Mohamed Bendriss, who was shot with LBDs and beanbags from the Raid shortly before his death. This resident of Marseille died in the Phocaean city on the night of July 1 to 2, an evening marked by riots following the death of Nahel Merzouk.
With the help of this video captured by a witness to the shooting that targeted Mohamed Bendriss, images from surveillance cameras and those provided by an armoured vehicle of the Raid, Libération and Mediapart were able to reconstruct the young father's journey. On the recording of the local resident, five detonations are audible. The Algerian is then on his scooter. He has just stopped chasing a man who had stolen shoes moments earlier.
While Nabil B. had dropped his bag, containing the shoes in question, Mohamed Bendriss came across the Raid column, warned of the looting of a Foot Locker store, along the rue de Rome. He poses no threat to public servants and is travelling on the other side of the road. However, after the first detonation, the 27-year-old appeared to swerve, while a defensive bullet rolled near the scooter. This one looks like an LBD bullet, according to the images of the Raid.
Mohammed Bendriss collapses in front of his mother's apartment
The video of the local resident does not allow us to determine the trajectory of the next shots. Mohammed Bendriss then continued on his way until he collapsed in front of his mother's apartment, several hundred meters from the scene. He was then taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m., according to Libération.
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The autopsy reportedly concluded that the cause of death was likely caused by a shock to the heart. Two typical marks of LBD impacts were found on the victim's body, one of which was in the chest, potentially responsible for the cardiocirculatory arrest. The ongoing judicial investigation should clarify this hypothesis.
In this case, three police officers were charged with "violence with a weapon resulting in death without intent" and placed under judicial supervision. Two of them believe that their shooting was proportionate and justified to stop the scooter. The third does not admit to pulling the trigger. Finally, the two media outlets reveal that the author of the leaked video had committed to the IGPN not to broadcast it. However, the law does not prohibit filming or publishing images of police officers in the performance of their duties.