“Ball in the forehead for Eric Masson, next target: BST of the 8th”: two minors and a major were arrested after the discovery of this graffiti in Lyon. Police officer Eric Masson shot dead in Avignon on May 5.
Three suspects aged 15, 17 and 19 were arrested after the inscription of graffiti threatening the police, the oldest of them having been indicted for these facts, AFP learned from corroborating sources.
“The adult has been indicted and placed under judicial supervision, the minors have benefited from the status of assisted witness,” the Lyon prosecutor’s office told AFP on May 29.
The latter added that he had carried out an investigation on “the count of death threats against persons holding public authority, insulting persons holding public authority and damage to property intended for the public utility”.
The three suspects were all arrested on the morning of May 26 and taken into custody, a police source told AFP.
“The investigations carried out by the investigators from the Lyon 8th district police station and their very good knowledge of local delinquency made it possible to identify three suspects, […] domiciled in the Mermoz district “, explained the departmental security, specifying to have discovered in search of the evidence” tending to confirm their presence on the scene of the facts “.
They are suspected of being the authors of several unambiguous graffiti threatening the police with death, in particular on the walls of a municipal police station and a school in the 8th arrondissement of Lyon, discovered on the morning of May 10: “Ball in the front for Eric Masson, next target: BST of the 8th ”, could one read in particular at the entrance of a school group of this district classified in republican reconquest (QRR), national device launched three years ago by the government to fight against delinquency.
The message referred to the Avignon police officer who died a few days earlier and targeted the Specialized Field Brigade (BST) dedicated to the 8th arrondissement of Lyon.
The graffiti had aroused numerous reactions among the representatives of the police force and the local authorities, the prefect delegated to the security of the Rhône evoking “serious, intolerable, unbearable threats, of an extremely violent nature, […] taken seriously ”.