French police shot a man dead in Paris on Thursday of last week. Their version of events rapidly went around the world’s media.
But within days it began to fall apart.
A series of witnesses came forward to say the man was not, as cops claimed, shouting “Allahu akbar”, brandishing a knife or trying to storm the police station.
After he was identified as Tunisian Tarek Belgacem, people claiming to be his parents told the media he has “not radicalised” and had gone to the station for a passport to visit them.
There are doubts as to their identity. And a meat cleaver was apparently found near Belgacem’s body, as were documents linking him to Isis.
But witnesses raise important questions as to whether police shot a man dead they could easily have immobilised otherwise—then lied to cover it up.
One officer fired bullets into the air while policing a Kurdish demonstration last Saturday.
This reinforced fears that the cops can’t be trusted with guns.