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- Family of French driver demand answers over death during police traffic stop
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Date:JUNE 23, 2020, FILE The family of Cedric Chouviat, a French delivery driver who died in January after being stopped by police, on Tuesday (June 23) demanded answers about his death from President Emmanuel Macron.
"I am addressing myself directly to President Macron," said Chouviat's daughter Sofia at a news conference organised by the family. "We want answers."
The 42-year-old died after being pinned to the ground during a traffic check. Questions over his death have resurfaced after the killing of George Floyd in the United States ignited global protests against alleged police brutality.
Chouviat's father said his son had said he could not breathe -- the same words spoken by Floyd -- based on video footage of his arrest in January that was subsequently leaked to French media such as Le Monde and Mediapart.
"He was shouting out, 'I can't breathe, I can't breathe, I can't breathe'," Christian Chouviat told reporters.
Family members have said autopsy results showed a fracture to Chouviat's larynx, and they urged Macron to change some methods used by the police when making arrests, to make them less violent.
Laurent-Franck Lienard, part of the legal team representing the police officers, told LCI television the police had never heard Chouviat say he was having breathing difficulties while they restrained him in January.
Officials at the French Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for a comment. A judicial source said Paris prosecutors had opened a manslaughter inquiry into Chouviat's death. The four police officers involved in Chouviat's arrest are due to be questioned over the incident.
(Production: Antony Paone, Lucien Libert) (Caption:2161WD-FRANCE-SECURITY_POLICE)
PARIS, FRANCE (JUNE 23, 2020) (REUTERS)
NEWS CONFERENCE TAKING PLACE
MOTHER OF CEDRIC CHOUVIAT, FATIMA CHOUVIAT, DURING NEWS CONFERENCE
(SOUNDBITE) (French) FATHER OF CEDRIC CHOUVIAT, CHRISTIAN CHOUVIAT, SAYING:
"He had no chance. No chance at all of surviving. He said 'I can't breathe', 'I can't breathe', 'I can't breathe', 'I can't breathe', 'I can't breathe', 'I can't breathe', 'I can't breathe'. But no, 'let's go for it, let's carry on'. So I'm solemnly telling you, he died on January 3rd (2020), not on the 5th. He died on the street of Paris at the footstep of the Eiffel Tower on January 3rd."
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(SOUNDBITE) (French) MOTHER OF CEDRIC CHOUVIAT, FATIMA CHOUVIAT, SAYING:
"I wanted to say a few words to the four police officers: in the past six months never did they send a message, say they're sorry, nothing from them. So I don't know if they're parents, fathers and mothers, it doesn't matter, but to lose a child isn't something normal. Every night I kiss the picture of my son, I cry, in the morning I get up and I cry, on Mother's Day I missed my son."
(SOUNDBITE) (French) LAWYER FOR THE CHOUVIAT FAMILY, WILLIAM BOURDON, SAYING:
"Faced with a man who says 'I can't breathe' seven times, whose legs are hitting the asphalt, showing he's not far from agony, the police officers, in a senseless way, do the opposite of what should have been done - I mean to stop - and instead of stopping they continue. And why do they continue? Because they are obsessed about being efficient, obsessed for the immobilisation to be absolutely perfect and mastered and we see clearly that in this technique there is perversion, and this perversion leads to go at someone fiercely when there should restraint."
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