Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne ruled this Friday in Vaulx-en-Velin that it was “absolutely able to punish” those who injured police officers who were violently attacked on Wednesday evening in Lyon while trying to arrest a person suspected of theft.
“The means of investigation will be strongly mobilized and we absolutely want to be able to sanction these behaviors which are not acceptable”. “It cannot go unpunished, we must be able to react and act quickly” because “it is not tolerable to attack our police officers who are there to protect the population”, she said. during a press briefing.
“You have to respect the Republic and that starts with respecting the police. There will be additional resources. We will naturally put the necessary means and if we need to reinforce in these districts, we will do it, ”she added, after a visit to Vaulx-en-Velin, in the suburbs of Lyon, where she came to talk with local players about the city’s policy in favor of neighborhoods.
“Taking Back Control”
Two police officers were injured Wednesday evening in Lyon while trying to arrest a person suspected of theft, in the middle of a crowd which violently attacked them, according to a police source. On Twitter, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had given his “full support to our three police officers who were victims of unbearable violence in Lyon”.
Several LR and RN politicians also expressed their support for the injured police officers and asked the Minister of the Interior to “take back control” in the face of violence in certain neighborhoods.
Filing of complaints
On a video of the scene broadcast on social networks, relayed by the Alliance union and the LyonMag information site, we see three plainclothes police officers, two men and a woman, being beaten and thrown by projectiles in front of the entrance of a convenience store in the sensitive district of La Guillotière, in the city center.
The crew in civilian clothes “were intervening for a snatch robbery when they were very quickly attacked by the crowd”, a police source told AFP, adding that the suspect took the opportunity to flee. “Colleagues will press charges for their injuries,” the source added. According to Alliance, two and seven days of ITT were prescribed for two of them.
At the beginning of the year, a specialized field brigade was set up in the La Guillotière district to try to stem crime and trafficking there, while acts of violence have increased there over the past two years.