Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Flash-Ball in the viewfinder of the Defender of Rights – BBC

Jacques Toubon calls for ban of this weapon during the demonstrations.

The rights defender calls for ban on Flash-Ball in the protests. Given the “severity of harm” that it can cause, it also calls for a general moratorium on its use, whatever the context. “This is a reflection that one has for a long time, says one of the firm Jacques Toubon. And a position that many times we have already taken: the first date there two years “But the case of this 14 year old boy, injured on the night of July 13 to 14 by a flash fire. -Ball in Argenteuil, Val-d’Oise, hit the Defender: last Friday, it sent to the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve notice recalling its recommendations on the use by the forces of order intermediate force means, the Flash-Ball super-pro (handgun) and the defense ball thrower (LDB, long guns).

Taken targeted by police while that he threw firecrackers on July 14 with friends, the young Amin was wounded in the testicles and had to be hospitalized. The independent body chaired by Jacques Toubon was deemed referred to his case. “Given the apparent seriousness of the injury, the best interests of the child, in the case of a minor under 14 years, and the general recommendations made by the institution (…), the Rights Defender decides to open an investigation into the facts, “he explained in a statement. In 2013 and 2014, the Defender had received reports of seven cases of “serious injury or permanent disability that would be caused by a defensive ball launcher firing.”

The Defender recommended until to now not to use the Flash-Ball at public events “out very exceptional cases” identified “strictly”. Noting that its reserves were not included in the new employment framework of this weapon, the Defender now demand it is no longer used “in a context of public demonstration.” “Clearly, he emphasizes in his decision, the Flash-Ball is not truly a weapon adapted to maintain order.”


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