LYON — A 25 year old man died asphyxiated last Tuesday in Lyon after being held down for about one hour in a Carrefour supermarket by four security guards who are due to appear before an instructing judge on Thursday morning.
The young man, held on Monday evening by security guards, died "due to mechanical asphyxiation caused by compression of the thoracic cage " and had bruising in the arms and forehead", according to the results of an autopsy transmitted to AFP by the State attorney in Lyon .
The four guards are being held further for "aggravated violence leading to unintentional dicease" a crime punishable with 20 years imprisonment, and will appear before an instructing judge on Thursday around 8.30.
The events took place on Monday around 18.15 when a marginal young man "living in a hostel in Lyon" was stopped when trying to steal two bottles of beer at the Carrefour supermarket in the Part-Dieu area.
Three security guards took him into the control room where he was immobilised.
...The police, who had been called immediately, took 50 minutes to arrive. The young man had been pinned against the wall, then against a high table for about half an hour.
The young man then lost consciousness. He died in hospital on Tuesday afternoon.