Report: Video shows Paris police helping teens before riot

posted at 1:13 pm on November 30, 2007 by Bryan

Interesting.

A brief video taken 10 minutes after an accident that ignited rioting in a poor Paris suburb this week shows emergency workers trying in vain to save two teens who were on motorbike that collided with a police car.

The video, shot by an amateur cameraman, also may provide evidence to contradict an initial conclusion by investigators that the police car was further damaged later in the evening by angry residents.

“There was no panic, neither by police or the people from around; everybody was calm,” said the cameraman, who asked to be identified only by his first name, “Nicolas,” in a telephone interview yesterday. “The firemen were very professional, focused on the bodies.”

Although the video reportedly is compelling, Nicolas and others who have seen the images said that it does not answer the key question of whether this was purely a road accident or a criminal action by officers driving too fast.

This contradicts earlier reports that the police panicked and fled from the scene, and that rescue personnel couldn’t even reach the teens. It suggests, at least to me, that the riots got more of a rolling than immediate start. That might suggest all kinds of things, including organization on the rioters’ part from the beginning, or even that someone fabricated the stories about the police fleeing the scene in order to start the riot in the first place. It wouldn’t be the first time that a little deception has gone a long way toward starting widespread violence.

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They don’t need a reason, just an excuse.

TBinSTL on November 30, 2007 at 1:20 PM

France should deport the rioters back to their country of origin.

Kini on November 30, 2007 at 1:22 PM

I don’t think I gave the “youths” a moment of credibility from the get go.

Actually just put the “youths” language through a taqiyya mirror/filter and believe the opposite of what they say. The more specific the detail the muslims give, the purer the truth the opposite represents.

BL@KBIRD on November 30, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Rioting is so useful

entagor on November 30, 2007 at 1:28 PM

Papillion em. Maybe they can make it off the island before their teeth fall out.

Limerick on November 30, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Papillion em. Maybe they can make it off the island before their teeth fall out.

Limerick on November 30, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Devils island and Fire island would be the perfect solution.
Rotting in a hole for the rest of their lives and dying without virgins.

Speakup on November 30, 2007 at 1:39 PM

Fire island would be the perfect solution.

You want to send disaffected muslim youth to summer with gay new york men?

peacenprosperity on November 30, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Did the riot escalate after Friday night prayers?

abinitioadinfinitum on November 30, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Where’s the video?

ackrite55 on November 30, 2007 at 2:36 PM

ackrite55 on November 30, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Not released yet afaik.

Bryan on November 30, 2007 at 3:20 PM

It wouldn’t be the first time that a little deception has gone a long way toward starting widespread violence.

These are the same folks, after all, who insist the Jews use the blood of Gentiles for matzoh.

eeyore on November 30, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Police driving too fast? My question is, were their lights on? Of course the rioters won’t care either way.

- The Cat

MirCat on November 30, 2007 at 3:30 PM

They had better have a SURGE and quick!

TheSitRep on November 30, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Yep, this story is getting a familiar sounding theme. And the MSM? Move along folks, nothing to see here…

4shoes on November 30, 2007 at 10:00 PM