French Government Orders Destruction Of Video Evidence From Nice Jihad Attack

Today’s video tells us via French television that the Muslim who slaughtered 84 people while they watched the Bastille Day fireworks show in Nice did not come to his “radicalization” as suddenly as some authorities would like us to believe.  And he apparently had some assistance from others not yet publicly identified by the French authorities.

We’re told this man, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, was from Tunisia.   It really doesn’t matter where he’s from.  He’s a Muslim.  Jihad against Infidels is a Quranic command to all Muslims, covering all places and all times.

However, the really interesting development in this entire atrocity is that destruction of the original video surveillance evidence of the attack has been ordered by France’s Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT).

As a retired police officer I find that order no less than astonishing.  But, then again, the destruction demand serves to clearly illustrate how profoundly the Islamization of Europe has affected what should be normal investigative thought processes – which include the basic idea that all original recordings of  evidence, video or audio, must be collected and preserved for future prosecutions.

Gates of Vienna published a translated report from Le Figaro, which says in part:

INFO LE FIGARO — An urgent legal requisition was sent to the urban supervision center of Nice on Wednesday, July 20. The Paris prosecutor expresses a desire to “avoid the uncontrolled dissemination of these images.”

Panic and incomprehension in the office of mayor of Nice. On Wednesday at 11am the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) sent agents who manage video surveillance of the city a requisition citing Articles 53 and L706-24 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Article R642-1 of the Penal Code, asking them for a “complete” erasure of 24 hours of images from six cameras named and numbered, but also of all the scenes from the beginning of the attack that took place on the Promenade des Anglais, on the night of July 14.

“This is the first time we have been asked to destroy evidence.”

The state agents of the urban supervision center of Nice are stunned. “This is the first time we have been asked to destroy evidence,” says a source close to the investigation. “The CCTV center and the city of Nice could be prosecuted for this, and also the officers in charge of the device don’t have jurisdiction to engage in such operations.”

The request is all the more astonishing given that since last Friday the SDAT sent its servers to recover the 30,000 hours of CCTV related to the events.

The reasons given for ordering the destruction are down the page a bit:

Contacted by Le Figaro, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed the information and said: “This was done in this case to prevent the uncontrolled and unchecked dissemination of these images.” The national police remind that “out of the thousand cameras in Nice, 140 had elements relevant to the investigation. The police recovered 100% of them. The Judicial Police and prosecutors have asked for the pictures from these 140 cameras to be deleted, to prevent malicious use of them, concerned for the dignity of the victims and to prevent the reproduction of these images by jihadist websites for propaganda purposes.”

Really.  Or is it to prevent the images being used by responsible journalists (of which there are precious few) in reports which might embarrass the religion of peace.

Finally, one can only imagine how Europe’s police officers must be exhausted and utterly stretched to human limits of endurance – by the relentless demands placed upon them by the ongoing Muslim invasion and its accompanying jihad.  All of which came to them by invitation to the World of Islam, extended from higher up the chain of political command.

Thanks to Gates of Vienna and to Vlad Tepes for the video link.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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