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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #271 - Police violence: Hocine died for nothing! (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:32:36 +0300

Among the many crimes committed by the police are the murder of 23-year-old Hocine Bouras, who died from a bullet fired at close range. The responsible policeman of course benefited from non-places. ---- Hocine Bouras was 23 years old. He died in handcuffs on the A35 motorway in Colmar on 26 August 2014, with a bullet in his head shot at close range by a voluntary gendarme, during his transfer from the Elsau prison in Strasbourg to the TGI Of Colmar. Hocine, being held in pre-trial detention, was to be heard because he was suspected of attempting to steal a Quick-Ball pistol. So much for the " past offenders " of the victim. ---- The gendarme will first be taken into custody and then placed under investigation by the public prosecutor. The facts will be legally qualified as " voluntary violence causing death without intention to kill ." Self-defense is not then established or " made ". The gendarme, pleading self-defense, if not charged, will be placed under the status of assisted witness. Thus benefiting from a judicial construction, his guilt will be ruled out a priori, from the beginning of the investigation. Justice will then rule twice in his favor dismissing the prosecution as abandoning the proceedings, thus stopping the proceedings, leaving the family to his questions and his bereavement.

The version of the two gendarmes present is as follows: Hocine, handcuffed in front, suddenly became hysterical (never the investigation can establish it) and assaulted the gendarme seated beside him to steal his gun. The gendarme driver would have stopped the vehicle and tried to control Hocine with his truncheon, without success. He would then have taken out his weapon, firing at point-blank range on Hocine.

Drawing of the little sister of Hocine

Although the judicial reconstruction was not able to corroborate the gendarmerie version - demonstrating further that the driver could have managed the situation without using his weapon - a major element raised in the conclusions was passed over by the judge . A witness testified that Hocine was handcuffed with her hands behind her back, completely reversing the official version. In this way Hocine could never have committed what justifies the thesis of self-defense. This testimony, totally reversing the version of the gendarmes, has never been taken into account. Hocine is dead, his DNA tracks are on the weapon and the respective testimonies of the gendarmes are concordant (for their own benefit). Self-defense is detained, dismissed, case closed.

Minutes false, from agents of " law enforcement " are almost routine in this kind of story: testify against the victim and reverse the roles is the best way to guard against any legal response without Speak about disciplinary sanctions. Similarly, they do not hesitate to destroy or modify evidence directly at the scene of their crime to facilitate the production of the judicial discourse that will clear them of all responsibility.

Procession to support Hocine during the Mobilization of March 19 in Paris

Finally, we no longer count the implausible defenses that lead to non-places. A cop who does not hesitate to plead self-defense, even when he has murdered a person from a distance of 20 meters, disarmed in addition, it is already seen. Self-defense is the joker of the murderous policeman.

The murder of Hocine is not an isolated case. The list of people murdered by the police is long, very long, and the names it contains are almost exclusively names of racialized persons (not white) [1]. There is no shortage of examples.
The uncritical media coverage of these murders gives a large place to the police and judicial discourse (on behalf of the sacrosanct " objectivity " no doubt) and never deals with the racist underlying problem. Everything is put in place so that the murder becomes invisible and falls into oblivion. The perpetrators are never convicted or punished. In their environment, they are considered victims, even heroes.
Map of police-reported violence in the media (2005-2015)

Hocine's family had the courage to testify publicly and to mobilize so that the truth about his death would be made. She has always asserted her confidence in the trial and beyond in justice. She thus appears more worthy than the French justice which rejects it by decreeing the guilt of Hocine.

Meanwhile, the judicial struggle continues, the family having decided to appeal in cassation. [2]No justice, no peace ! For Hocine and all victims of police crimes !

Paul (AL Alsace)

[1] More information on the website National Observatory of police violence

[2] Article of the collective blog truth and support for Hocine Bouras on cassation

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