The protesters gathered in large numbers, responding to the appeal of the support committee for the Traoré family, the 24-year-old black man who became the symbol of the protest against police violence: “Today – said the older sister in front of the demonstrators – this is no longer the battle of the Traoré family, it is the battle of all of you. Today when we fight for George Floyd, there is also a struggle for Adama Traoré ”.
Many slogans against the police and the gendarmes, in an incandescent climate that made the Italians react harshly prefect Didier Lallement, who protested: “The police are neither violent nor racist. I realize the pain in the face of accusations of violence and racism, repeated endlessly by the social network and certain groups of activists – wrote Lallement in an email addressed to the 27,500 agents of the capital – in the police there are no races, there are are officials who are committed to the freedom, equality and brotherhood and this every day ”. So: “If any of us make a mistake in the need for impartiality and excellence that is part of us, it will be sanctioned as always.”
The story of Traoré, a young man from 24 years died on July 19, 2016 in a barracks of the gendarmerie in the Paris suburb two hours after his detention, which took place after a chase, has become over the years a battle between experts, among appraisals that exonerated the agents and counter-appraisals requested by the family who nail them. Only last week, some judicial experts they had concluded a report that excluded the responsibility of the gendarmes, but on Tuesday 2 June a decision to the contrary came at the end of a counter-appraisal requested by the family.