An investigation is opened after the death of a man during his custody in Lille-Sud this Sunday. He was arrested in the night from Saturday to Sunday when he was about to commit a break-in theft, rue Delespaul, in Lille. Placed in police custody, he was found unconscious in his cell in the morning. The circumstances of his death remain to be clarified. The autopsy which has just been carried out concludes with a “death of natural or toxic origin” indicates the parquet floor of Lille, but additional examinations have been requested.
The circumstances of the death remain to be clarified
The young man who died in police custody is undocumented; we therefore do not know for the moment how old he is, or even if he is major or minor. It is also unknown whether he lives in Lille or its region.
A source close to the file says that the young man saw a doctor, as the procedure requires, just after his arrest around two in the morning. The doctor would not have considered his state of health incompatible with a placement in police custody, indicates the Lille prosecutor’s office. Police officials are being heard.
The Lille prosecutor’s office, in charge of the case, rules out “any traumatic or suspicious cause” to explain the death of the young man, in view of the various elements collected so far (hearings of police officers, video surveillance of cells, and results of the autopsy , which concludes with a death “of natural or toxic origin”). However, additional expertise is still in progress.