The Shameful Mistake
In Seine-Saint-Denis,
how a police operation turned to chaos

25 minutesLe Monde, 2021
Role: lead investigator, producer, video editor and 2D/3D designer
Co-producers: E. Costard, A. Jacquel, L. Roxo Exec producer: C-H. Groult
🇬🇧 English subtitles available

On 25th June 2013, a 52 year-old Malian-born mother, Fatouma Kebe lost an eye at the hands of the police, following the brutal arrest of her two sons. What is worse, it was all a mistake – neither of her sons were the officers’ target. In 2020, the presiding court stated the officers used a disproportionate level of force, but cleared them of all charges.

On that day in Villemomble, a Parisian suburb, six cameras captured the events. A fresh examination of the evidence, in conjunction with digital modelling, shows how the methods used by the police disregarded the Kebe family’s safety without justification and reveals officers’ lies during the court hearings.

“Without these videos, I would be in jail right now,” says Mrs. Kebe’s son Makan.