Gabriel Djordjevic, a 14-year-old Romani boy, was assaulted by police officers in Bondy, France.
Police officers arrested Djordjevic in the late night hours of 25 May and the early morning hours of 26 May 2020 when he and a friend were attempting to steal a scooter. The officers began to chase them. One of the officers pinned Djordjevic to the ground and another one kicked him in the face.
The officers then transported Djordjevic to the police station. The boy says he felt at the station but they called emergency only in an hour after he told officers about it. Djordjevic suffered a fractured upper jaw, several broken teeth, and damage to his eye that was repaired by an operation. Police say the boy fell during the chase and resisted arrest.
The boy’s family has decided to sue the officers involved. On April 29, 2021, a judicial investigation was opened into “wilful violence committed by a person vested with public authority”.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
The initiative group has requested the clarification from Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin 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.