August 1, 2021

Steve Maia Caniço fell in the Loire during the police intervention, announces the prosecution

INVESTIGATION – Two years after the events, the investigation is growing. Steve Maia Caniço, the young man who died in Nantes during the 2019 music festival, fell in the Loire “at the time of the intervention of the national police” came to disperse the gathering, announced this Thursday, June 17 the parquet floor of Rennes, where the affair was disoriented.

The analysis of the young man’s phone records “allowed to locate the moment of the fall of Mr. Maia Caniço in the Loire at 4 hours and 33 minutes, that is to say in the time of the intervention of the national police” on the quai Wilson, said the public prosecutor Philippe Astruc. He announced the summons in July of several people, including two police officers.

“The examining magistrate sent this week various summons for the month of July, which could lead to an indictment or placement under the status of assisted witness, to six natural persons and two legal persons”, indicates Philippe Astruc.

These are in particular the “departmental director of public security of Loire-Atlantique by interim”, the “division commissioner in charge of the device on the Quai Wilson at the time of the facts”, the mayor of Nantes and the prefect of Loire- Atlantic “at the time of the events”.

Steve Maia Caniço, a 24-year-old extracurricular animator, went to an electro evening on the banks of the Loire on the night of June 21 to 22, 2019. His body was found drowned in the river more than a month later.

His disappearance had triggered great emotion in the city where demonstrators demanded “Justice for Steve”, judging the police intervention and the use of tear gas disproportionate in front of young people having fun in a neighborhood without housing.

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