According to the report of two deputies, the current law, which authorizes the police to arrest the authors of urban rodeos only in the event of “serious crimes”, leads “in practice, to an almost systematic prohibition to prosecute” these delinquents.
Police officers and gendarmes must be able to experiment with the use of drones to better identify the authors of urban rodeos, recommended this September 8 two deputies, responsible for evaluating the law of 2018 aimed at combating the phenomenon.
Since August 3, 2018, the law punishes participation in an urban rodeo with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros. But it did not allow “to stop” these nuisances, which sometimes lead to “tragedies”, note the deputies Robin Reda (LR) and Natalia Pouzyreff (LREM), co-rapporteurs of the parliamentary mission. At the end of August, a 75-year-old woman died in Toulouse after being struck by a 25-year-old biker during an urban rodeo.
An almost systematic ban on prosecuting the perpetrators of motorized rodeos
“In the fight against motorized rodeos, airborne cameras could constitute an effective alternative to the pursuit of delinquents”, write the two parliamentarians, among 17 other recommendations.
Police officers and gendarmes are in fact instructed not to initiate a prosecution except in the event of “serious crimes”, for perpetrators “likely to endanger the lives of others”, and to favor “deferred” arrests, in particular by raising the license plate. “These instructions lead, in practice, to an almost systematic ban on prosecuting the perpetrators of motorized rodeos”, explains the report, relaying the words of police unions.
The Global Security Law censored in May on the subject
The use of drones would promote arrests “by considerably limiting the risks associated with the pursuit of the vehicle on the ground, while representing a means of proof useful to the success of judicial investigations”, estimate the two co-rapporteurs, who interviewed about fifty people.
The two deputies want this measure to be introduced in the bill on criminal liability and internal security, discussed from September 14 in the law committee at the National Assembly. This text provides for “improving the legal framework” of the use of drones by the police, after the censorship last May, by the Constitutional Council, of a large part of the article on this subject. subject in the Global Security bill.
In the current wording of the bill, “the use of airborne cameras is particularly limited” and excludes the fight against rodeos, regretted the parliamentarians, who demand that the “legal framework” be “completed”.