Keyword: La Gâchette facile

How brother of youth killed by 'trigger happy' French cop became a policeman

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The shooting of Lahouari Ben Mohamed, 17, during a routine check in Marseille in 1980, was one of a series of events that sparked the creation of the French anti-racist movement in 1983. Lahouari's little brother Hassan, who was only four at the time of the killing, himself went on to become a police officer, and has just published a book about what happened to his eldest brother. Based on a long investigation and in-depth interviews, this fascinating book takes its title, La Gâchette facile, from what the armed policeman said just before the shooting: “Careful, tonight I'm trigger-happy”. Louise Fessard met the author.