The use by the Ain police of defense ball launchers (LBD) during the demonstration of
"Yellow vests" Saturday in Bourg-en-Bresse will be filmed by "cameras-pedestrian", we learned from the departmental director of public security. "Every LBD carrier will also carry a pedestrian camera," divisional commissioner Yves Cellier told AFP, confirming
"Compared to the demonstrations in early December, we have a use of the LBD which is decreasing and a number of people who declare themselves to be injured which increases," according to Yves Cellier. "As part of this controversy," the cameras will help "see exactly who [le policier] designates, how it designates, what it faces and the context of the firing, "he added.
One complaint related to LBDs at the moment
If the police have registered a single complaint in Bourg-en-Bresse since the beginning of the movement of "yellow vests" for an injury potentially due to a LBD, others have claimed in the press and on social networks to have been victims . "Bourg-en-Bresse is the scene every Saturday of significant violence, degradations and assaults on the police. […] The LBD is used, but I have always tried to have a proportionate and graduated response, "said the manager.
"Today is an experiment. If it is conclusive, we can completely renew it on the next demonstrations, "he said, adding that the police" welcomed this idea very well ". Five of them will be affected by this new feature Saturday afternoon. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had defended on Friday the use by the police of the LBD, reacting in particular to the statements of the Defender of the rights Jacques Toubon,
who had asked the day before the suspension of its use because of its "dangerousness".