On December 10, 2019, Artur Naciri came to a demonstration against pension reform, he was standing near the police cordon. Suddenly one of the policemen grabbed him and pushed him towards the other policemen. They threw him to the ground and beat him. Because of this, Naciri had a broken jaw and 9 teeth were knocked out.
The event was witnessed by dozens of protesters and several law enforcement officers standing in a cordon. In addition to eyewitnesses to the incident, there are numerous photographs and video evidence of police abuse of power.
The victim’s father assures that some videos make it possible to make out the details of the incident. According to him, the policeman who initially grabbed Arthur by the jacket was also the one who stabbed him in the face with a baton.
The Committee Against Police Violence considers that the police obstructed the investigation. Initially, the trial of the two accused in this case was supposed to take place on December 10, 2020, but the meeting was postponed. On February 23, 2021, the court was again postponed to September 28, 2021. Both the defendants, Jeremy M. and Sylvain P., belong to the Lyon anti-crime brigade. It is reported that Nasiri’s lawyer intends to seek compensation in the amount of 9,000 euros.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
The FBI initiative group requested clarifications on the current case from the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanen, Minister of Justice Eric Dupont-Moretti and French Prime Minister Jean Casteks. The initiative group considers it important to combat police violence and, if necessary, can provide legal and informational assistance to Artur Nasiri.