On the night of 2 to 3 December 2015, 27-year-old Senegalese Babacar Gueye was killed by a police officer in Rennes (France). Gueye reportedly suffered from hallucinations. His friends said that he became delirious and stabbed himself, so they called the police.
Police officers said Gueye was aggressive and threatened them with a knife. They used a stun gun and batons against him, but it did not work. After that, Gueye left the apartment. The police officers shot him 5 times and later said they had to do it as he threatened them. One of the shots was fatal. According to witnesses, Gueye did not threaten the police. The Gueye family lawyer said the police continued to shoot at him after he was unarmed. Gueye died on December 3 at 4:00 am. Before that, the police managed to handcuff him. After his death, the police charged him with attempt of murder.
The court ruled that the police officers were acting in self-defense and did not open a case. In 2017, the Gueye family filed a lawsuit, after which an investigation was opened. The family of Gueye never believed that he had threatened the police. In September 2020, the facts were reconstructed. On February 12, 2021, the prosecutor’s office sent a request to the court, which must decide whether to bring charges against the police or not.
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti and Prime Minister of France Jean Castex. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.