Adnane Nassih

Adnane Nassih

19-year-old French

In February 2020, a 19-year-old teenager, Adnane Nassich, was shot in the face by a police officer from Brunois, France, after he ran away from an officer, frightened and unarmed. The bullet knocked out the boy’s eye, breaking several bones on his face.

On February 23, 2020, the police came into conflict with a group of young people. A few minutes later, a patrol armed with traumatic weapons came to their aid, after which the teenagers began to scatter in different directions. Nassih, following his friends, began to leave so as not to provoke the police, but he did not know that the officer was already waiting for him around the corner. According to the police, the officer thought that the teenager was going to throw something in his direction, and then pointed his weapon at the teenager. Nassikh got scared and started to run away. He took just a couple of steps, and the policeman shot him in the head area from a distance of about seven meters. The young man fell to the ground, not understanding what was happening. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was told that a police bullet had hit him in the eye and, despite the doctors’ best efforts, they would have to remove him.

In May 2021, the French edition of Liberation published an independent investigation, which showed that the teenager posed no threat to an armed officer. Nassih intends to get justice in court.