Younes was handcuffed on December 30, sitting on the ground at Saint-Lazare station (Paris 8th arrondissement) when he had an idea: to accuse the police officers who arrested him a few minutes earlier of violence. So he gives a heavy head butt in the wall. But this warehouse operator in Paris did not realize that one of the officials was filming him with his smartphone. On the video, the thud of shock is impressive. Younes really hurt himself, his forehead is covered with blood.
This Monday, January 4, for these facts of false denunciation of a crime but also for insulting a person holding public authority and threats of death, he receives in the Paris court a six-month prison sentence that the judge application of penalties may adjust. Already placed under semi-freedom, since December 10, he has avoided a direct return to prison. Younes must also pay 135 euros for not wearing the mask.
“They had the reflex to film. Without that, there would have been a complaint and they would have been summoned to the IGPN “
“It is rare that people who denounce police violence are tried for having lied,” said Me Nicolas Forlot, lawyer for the agents concerned. They had the reflex to film. Without that, there would have been a complaint and they would have been summoned to the IGPN (General Inspectorate of the National Police) ”.
It is 4:15 p.m. Saint-Lazare station on this penultimate day of the year and the police are checking that the masks are on all faces. That’s when Younes appears, phone in hand, surgical protection under his chin. And he films the four agents. He is a yard from them. One of the officials asks him who he is. He quipped: “It’s BFM”.
The exchange is strained. Insults burst forth. “Dirty bastards, bunch of fascists,” Younes explodes. To one of the policemen, he launches: “I am going to cut your throats, you and your children”. “Nothing authorizes insulting the police and threatening him in this way, protests Me Nicolas Forlot. It refers to things that are written in the collective unconscious of officials. We think of the Magnanville attack (during which two policemen were cut their throats, Editor’s note). They know they are targets ”.
A busy judicial past
In his box in court, Younes denies having wanted to stage alleged police violence. He couldn’t have controlled his fury after being fined, he justifies. “I take 135 euros, he said, while I was not able to offer Christmas presents to my children.” He “admits” to having uttered insults, but fiercely denies any “death threat”. ” I told them Don’t handcuff me, I’m a father, I have children. They misunderstood ”. He did not film them either, according to what he puts forward: “I wanted to show the station to a friend who is in Morocco”.
His judicial past is quite busy, with no less than twelve mentions. There are mainly acts of rebellion, and “repeated death threats on a spouse”, points out the prosecutor, requiring ten months in prison. Crimes mostly committed under the influence of alcohol. But on Wednesday he was on an empty stomach. “When I see him, the first word that comes to mind is mess, pleads his lawyer Me Hajiba Jebbouri. If he is imprisoned, it undermines his reintegration project. He will lose his job. Day parole is hard to get. The court heard her.