On the iron curtain of a store, a few words have been drawn in black letters: “ACAB Magnanville everywhere”. An inscription appeared in the 11th arrondissement of the capital, during the demonstration on May 1, and which led the Paris police headquarters to seize the public prosecutor.
On Twitter, the institution justified its approach, explaining that this referral was made “under Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure”, since this “offensive tag” is considered a call “to the commission of crimes against the police men”.
The Prefect of Police seized the public prosecutor under art. 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure following the discovery of an offensive tag calling for the commission of crimes against the police in # Paris11 during the demonstration on May 1. pic.twitter.com/fKoojXfNeb
In English, ACAB stands for “All cops are bastards”, or “All cops are bastards” in French. A first insult which is added to the second line of the inscription, heavy with meaning.
“Magnanville everywhere” in fact refers to the assassination in 2016 of Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and Jessica Schneider. Both police officers, they were killed with knives at their home in Magnanville and in front of their child, aged 3 at the time. Larossi Abballa, their murderer, claimed to belong to Daesh before being shot.
This tag also comes a little over a week after the death of Stéphanie Monfeture. Friday, April 23, this police officer was killed with two stab wounds at the Rambouillet police station, her workplace.