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French police played role in death of black man in custody: Report

French police played role in death of black man in custody: Report


An investigation into the death of a young black man in French police custody found
that the tactics used to overpower him played a hand in his death from heatstroke,
according to a report seen by AFP on Monday (Feb 8).


The report, from four Belgian doctors commissioned by investigating magistrates,

said the way officers pinned Adama Traore to the floor had likely contributed to his
death during a heatwave.


Traore, dubbed the "French George Floyd" after the black American killed by US
police in 2020, has become one of the faces of a growing campaign to end police
brutality in France.


He died on July 19, 2016, at the age of 24 after fleeing officers who wanted to
check his ID in Beaumont-sur-Oise north of Paris. After a chase he was traced
to an apartment where three officers jumped on him to handcuff him.


One of the officers later said he had complained that he could not breathe --
an admission that later drew comparisons with Floyd's May 2020 death in

a chokehold in the US city of Minneapolis.


Traore was taken unconscious to a police station and left handcuffed on the floor
in the recovery position, where the emergency services later pronounced him
dead two hours after his arrest.


- Conflicting medical reports -

Although an initial autopsy found he died from asphyxiation, experts overruled
that finding in May 2020, saying an underlying heart condition and genetic

illness caused his death.


Believing his death to be the object of a cover-up, Traore's family demanded
another opinion.


The Belgian doctors said they believed he had "very likely suffered a heatstroke."



But "the role in the lethal process of a period of suffocation due to physical
constraint cannot be ruled out," they said.

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