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French Police Facing Trial for Death of 2 Teens in Electrical Accident

CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS, FRANCE – Two French police officers will stand trial on charges of failing to save two youths whose 2005 deaths in a Paris suburb led to weeks of riots around the country, lawyers said Friday. The two youths, Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, were electrocuted while hiding from police in a power substation in Clichy-sous-Bois on Oct. 27, 2005. Local youths blamed the police for the deaths and exploded in anger, setting cars ablaze, smashing store windows and tapping frustration among largely minority youths in projects throughout France, where fiery unrest raged for three weeks in housing projects. Tensions between youths and the police still plague such neighborhoods. The regional prosecutor sought to drop the charges, saying evidence did not show that the officers knew the teenagers were in the power station. Investigating judges sent the case to trial.

Story via NewYorkTimes.com

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