“Shoot or I’ll have it off!” »: The disputed interventions of Benalla and Crase at the Jardin des Plantes

September 23, 2021 by No Comments


The video, which the assessor, Edmond Brunaud, wishes to broadcast in full in front of the 10th chamber of the criminal court, lasts a little over six minutes. This May 1, 2018, it is 5:02 p.m., when Mélissande C. triggers the camera of her cell phone. Surrounded by a few friends and young Communist militants dispersed as the excesses occurred on the margins of the procession, the young woman walks through the alleys of the Jardin des Plantes. A first cordon of CRS summons them to leave the premises and then follows them in the direction of an exit.

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There, rebelote, the young people are turned back and asked to go to rue Buffon, where, they believe, an exit has been left open by the police. The small group then comes face to face with three men whom they take for ” policemen “. Were they plainclothes agents? BAC members? There are Alexandre Benalla, Vincent Crase and Philippe Mizerski, the police major responsible for supervising the two “observers” on May 1st. The underground recording is of poor quality but a few voices stand out:

– “She films, she films!”– She has the right to film!– Switch off your phone!– But I didn’t do anything, I didn’t do anything! “

The image then begins to move in all directions before being cut clean. Sufficient to recognize Vincent Crase, in a black jacket, sunglasses on his bald head, approaching very close to the object.

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