After his controversial tweets, Jean-Luc Mélenchon assumes to have said that the police kill
Eva Deschamps,/ June 7, 2022
The leader of the radical left Jean-Luc Mélenchon defended on Tuesday his polemical tweets against a police force that kills after the death of the passenger of a car victim of police shots during a control in Paris, promising if he were Prime Minister to change the doctrine of use of police force.
Asked on France Inter if he maintained his position, he replied: Obviously. It is my duty to do so. Do you think I write like this, out of distraction?
He explained that his first tweet having met with no response, he raised the tone, and so I get what I want: thousands of people hear that there is at least one person in this country, a politician, who does not accept the evolution of the use of force of the police as it is defined today by the political power that commands, he explained.
I want us to talk about it, he insisted. We have four deaths in four months for refusal to obey, he denounced, asking what was accused (the young girl who died on Saturday) to the point of shooting her.
He also rejected the criticisms that came from the right and from within the government, which he said were from politicians who are all on the right or the far right.
If you vote for me, I will change the doctrine of the use of police force in our country, and I will say that it is not normal to kill someone for refusing to comply in a country where the death penalty does not exist.
If I am Prime Minister, from the cellar to the attic we will reform the police, he added, pleading for"a police force of peacekeepers, a police force of proximity, a lot of judicial police who run after the traffickers of weapons, human beings and drugs, and in between forces to protect the right to demonstrate.
In two tweets on Saturday and Sunday, Mr. Mélenchon denounced a police force (that) kills, guilty of applying the death penalty for a refusal to obey and exercising an unacceptable abuse of power. The prefect approves? The minister congratulates? The shame is when? he added, also attacking the Alliance union that defended the officials, described as actious group.