How brother of youth killed by ‘trigger happy’ French cop became a policeman

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On October 18th, 1980, on a poor housing estate in Marseille, a policeman shot and killed Lahouari Ben Mohamed, aged 17, at point-blank range with a Mat 49 submarine gun, one of a series of acts of police violence and racist crimes killings in the early 1980s that gave rise to the French anti-racist movement. The teenager was in a car with three friends, and the policeman, Jean-Paul Taillefer, then 23, was one of four officers with the CRS, the French security police, checking their identity cards and car documents.

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