There have been violent clashes between police and youth groups in the Paris suburb of Nanterre after an officer apparently shot and killed a teenager during a traffic stop.
According to his family’s lawyers, the 17-year-old delivery man, identified as Nael M, died at the scene.
The police officer has been detained on suspicion of manslaughter, the local prosecutor’s office said in Paris.
The officers reportedly said their lives were in danger because the driver had threatened to run them over, a claim the victim’s family denied.
Their lawyers cited video of the incident circulating online showing two police officers leaning into the driver’s side window of a yellow car, before the vehicle drives away and an officer fires at the driver. The car is later seen crashing into a nearby pole.
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The shooting sparked angry scenes as local residents held a protest outside police headquarters, before cars were set on fire and fireworks were launched at riot police, who used tear gas to try to disperse the protesters.
According to reports, nine people have been detained.
Several people have been killed or injured at the hands of French police in recent years, prompting demands for greater accountability.