Following the assault of a police officer in a town in the Loire on the night of May 13th to 14th, six people, including a minor, were indicted “for willful injury to a person holding public authority, with weapon and in a meeting ”.
Six young people, including a minor, were indicted on the evening of May 28 after one of them seriously injured a policeman on duty, throwing a bottle at him in the head in Rive-de-Gier, in the Loire, on the night of May 13 to 14, we learned from the Saint-Etienne prosecutor’s office.
Among the latter, arrested on the morning of May 26, a 21-year-old inhabitant of Saint-Chamond (Loire), who was imprisoned, and five young people from Rive-de-Gier, including a 17-year-old minor, who been placed under judicial control. They are all prosecuted “for willful injuries to a person holding public authority, with a weapon and in a meeting, resulting in an ITT of more than eight days”. These facts are punishable by ten years imprisonment. Two other young men, who had also been arrested, were for their part exonerated.
More than 80 police officers, including those of the search and intervention brigade of the judicial police and those of two Raid branches, had been mobilized for the arrests of suspects, carried out not only in Rive-de-Gier and Saint-Chamond but also in Givors (Rhône), on the rogatory commission of an investigating judge from Saint-Etienne.
A 51-year-old brigadier-chef placed in an artificial coma for a few hours
On the night of May 13 to 14, during an intervention by a crew of three police officers for nighttime noise, shortly after midnight in a popular district of Rive-de-Gier, the victim, a 51-year-old police brigadier from the Saint-Chamond police station, had received from one of the suspects “a glass bottle of vodka” on his head. He had lost consciousness and collapsed to the ground in a street in this town in the Saint-Etienne agglomeration. Taken to the Saint-Etienne University Hospital for surgery, he was placed in an artificial coma for a few hours.
Released from the hospital a week ago, the civil servant, father of two, currently benefits from a total interruption of work (ITT) of 30 days but is not expected to return to work for several months.
The investigation has not yet made it possible to know who precisely launched the projectile, added the prosecution on the evening of May 28.