PARIS IS BURNING, AGAIN, as Muslim protest groups ignited a series of fires and clashed with police in Nanterre, for the second night, after 17-year-old Muslim, Nahel M., was fatally shot during a traffic stop. Buildings, schools, and vehicles in Paris, Lille and Toulouse were also set alight overnight.
AM870 (h/t Dan) In France, anger over the police killing of a 17-year-old Muslim boiled over into protests for a second straight night in over a dozen cities. Protesters set fire to cars, trash cans and police stations, and launched Molotov cocktails at officers, who responded with volleys of tear gas.
France’s interior minister said 150 people have been arrested. Some 2,000 riot police were called up in suburbs around Paris, including in Nanterre, where the teen — who’s been identified only by the name “Nahel M.” — was shot dead Tuesday after he was pulled over for allegedly breaking traffic rules.
170 officers have been injured in the unrest and at least 90 public buildings were vandalized.
Prache, the Nanterre prosecutor, said officers tried to stop Nahel because he looked so young and was driving a Mercedes with Polish license plates in a bus lane. He ran a red light to avoid being stopped but then got stuck in a traffic jam. Both officers involved said they drew their guns to prevent him from fleeing.
Video posted on social media contradicts the claims of police, who initially reported one officer shot the teen for driving his car directly at them. Instead, the video shows two officers standing beside the vehicle; one of them points a gun as a voice is heard saying, “You are going to get a bullet in the head.” The officer then fires at close range as the boy drives off.