An investigation was opened after the broadcast of a video showing a motorist having fun grabbing and dragging two pedestrians until they fell, Sunday in Noisy-le-Sec (Seine-Saint-Denis), a AFP learned Monday from police sources. Two men were taken into custody.
Two men were in custody on Tuesday in Noisy-le-Sec (Seine-Saint-Denis) after the broadcast of a video shot during the weekend showing a motorist who grabs and drags two pedestrians until they fall, announced the prosecutor of Bobigny. After the arrest Monday at the end of the day of the driver visible on the video, who showed up for an appointment set in a parking lot by the investigators, a second suspect also went to the police station on Tuesday morning. , said the prosecution in a statement.
A 64-year-old man, who appears in the video captioned “giggles of the evening” and sparked an uproar on social networks, has filed a complaint against the occupants of the vehicle. The victim suffered in particular from a fractured shoulder and foot. “The authors asked him for a cigarette. When he handed it to the driver, the latter grabbed him by the arm, held him back by force and started by accelerating”, described Eric Mathais, the prosecutor of Seine-Saint-Denis. .
The second victim in the video has not been identified to date, he said. A young woman, who does not appear in the images but says she suffered similar facts, has also filed a complaint.
Multiple reports of Internet users on Pharos
The amateur video at the origin of a police investigation for “violence with weapons in assembly” has been the subject of multiple reports from Internet users on Pharos, a platform for reporting illegal online content and behavior. Shot during the night from Saturday to Sunday in Noisy-le-Sec, it combines two extracts which each last a few seconds.
The passenger films the driver who grabs a man while continuing to drive, which forces the victim to run, until he falls to the ground. Then it’s another man’s turn to suffer the same fate. “Wallah, you’re going to run!” The motorist asks him.
“Stop your bullshit!”, “Stop I’m going to fall!”, Begged the pedestrian, held back by the hand. The scenes provoke the hilarity of the people in the car.
“Investigations are continuing to identify all the passengers in the vehicle, use the mobile phone with which the video was made and find other possible victims”, concluded Mr. Mathais in his press release.
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