Steve Maia Caniço, 24, went missing and died after he fell into the river in the city of Nantes, France, when police raided a music festival.
Steve Maia Caniço was last seen in the early hours of June 22, 2019, when he and his friends visited a free techno party at a quay of Loire River. Police intervened to end the party when it failed to end in the early hours of morning on June 22, saying the music “had exceeded the set time”. Witnesses say police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as they tried to bring an end to a night of techno music.
There was no barrier along the river and a number of revellers fell in, before they were rescued by firefighters. Steve Maia Caniço fell into the river and went missing. His body was found in the river on July 29, 2019, 38 days after he disappeared.
In July 2021 an inquiry heard that Caniço fell into the river during the police raid. Prosecutor announced about summons of several people, including two police officers.
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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.