#BlackLivesMatter France: the death of Adama Traoré

According to the police, Traoré died of a heart attack. This version of events, however, does not match that of his brother, who claims he saw Traoré getting beat up by police officers before being taken away. Traoré’s mother and friends were interviewed by several media outlets in which they insisted that he was a healthy young man with no known heart or respiratory diseases. The coroner’s office declared that Traoré’s cardiac arrest had been caused by an infection spread across his organs but family members, who were only given access to the body two days after Traoré had died, refute this story. Following his death and the police’s lack of answers, riots broke out in Beaumont-sur-Oise, which gave further fuel to members of the National Front, the French far right party, who came out in support of the police forces. The members of the National Front remain to this day the only members of any French political party to have commented on the story – the government has remained silent. The civil unrest in Beaumont-sur-Oise has reminded some of the 2005 riots that took place across France following the deaths of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traoré in the city of Clichy-Sous-Bois, located in the North East of France.

Ndeye Diobaye in #BlackLivesMatter France: The death of Adama Traoré (Consented)