Police ‘blunders’ under spotlight again after Chinese man shot in Paris home


It is a question that arises – or should do – each time there are claims of a fresh police blunder. It is now at least seven years since a French police officer was held in custody pending trial after having used their weapon in the line of duty. There is no reason to believe that circumstances will be any different after the death of a Chinese national shot by an officer at his Paris home on Sunday 26 March.

Shaoyo Liu, 56, a father-of-five, was killed at his home in the 19th arrondissement of the city after police officers were called about an alleged disturbance at the property. The Paris prosecution authorities have now opened two separate judicial investigations. One will examine the details of the incident itself. The second has been handed to the police watchdog body the Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale (IGPN) to see if the police officers involved used legitimate force.

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