Cheikh Wade, 08.03.2021. Shot Dead – Dakar

March 8, 2021 – Dakar
32 year-old. Shot dead

In March 2021, political opponent Ousmane Sonko was arrested, a decision that resulted in a massive protest wave around the country. In turn, the government responded with unabated repression that culminated in the most dramatic crisis in Senegal since 10 years.

Amongst the 14 victims of the repression was Cheikh Wade, a young taylor living in the North part of the capital. He took to the street to protest and was shot dead by a policeman, as the bullet got him in the neck, as a video bcame virale shows. A police car is seen passing close by, but made no attempt at stopping or trying to reccue Cheikh.

An autopsy was performed by Prof. Cherif Dial, Chief of service at the Hôpital général Idrissa Poue (Cto).

To this day, the police officer who murdered him remains free, no trial has been scheduled, in spite of the family’s formal complaint. Presumed murder is identified by the family as the Police commander in chief at the Dakar Parcelles Assainies police station.

The family is expecting the President of the Court of Appeal’s Accusation chamber to request a judiciary inquiry by the Procureur de la République.

Physical violence
 Kicks, punches, slaps
 Feet / knees on the nape of the neck, chest or face
 Blows to the victim while under control and/or on the ground
 Blows to the ears
 Strangulation / chokehold
 Painful armlock
 Fingers forced backwards
 Spraying with water
 Dog bites
 Hair pulling
 Tirage par les cheveux
 Painful tightening of colson ties or handcuffs
 Painfully pulling by colson ties or handcuffs
 Use of gloves
XUse of firearm
 Use of “Bean bags” (a coton sack containing tiny lead bullets)
 Use of FlashBall weapon
 Use of sound grenade
 Use of dispersal grenade
 Use of teargas grenade
 Use of rubber bullets weapon (LBD40 type)
 Use of batons
 Use of Pepper Spray
 Use of Taser gun
Psychological violence
 Charge of disturbing public order
 Charge of rebellion
 Accusation of beatings to officer
 Charge of threatening officer
 Charge of insulting an officer
 Threat with a weapon
 Aggressive behaviour, disrespect, insults
 Calls to end torment remained unheeded
 Sexist remarks
 Homophobic remarks
 Racist comments
 Violence by fellow police officers
 Passivity of police colleagues
 Lack or refusal of the police officer to identify him or herself
 Vexing or intimidating identity check
 Intimidation or arrest of witnesses
 Prevented from taking photographs or from filming the scene
 Refusal to notify someone or to telephone
 Refusal to administer a breathalyzer
 Refusal to fasten the seatbelt during transport
 Refusal to file a complaint
 Refusal to allow medical care or medication
 Lies, cover-ups, disappearance of evidence
 Undress before witnesses of the opposite sex
 Bend down naked in front of witnesses
 Lack of surveillance or monitoring during detention
 Lack of signature in the Personal Effects Register during detention
 Confiscation, deterioration, destruction of personal effects
 Pressure to sign documents
 Absence of a report
 Deprivation during detention (water, food)
 Inappropriate sanitary conditions during detention (temperature, hygiene, light)
 Complacency of doctors
 Kettling (corraling protestors to isolate them from the rest of the demonstration)
 Prolonged uncomfortable position
  • 25.05.2021 – Complaing lodged by family with the President of the Court of Appeal’s Accusation chamber : homicide, failure to assist a person in danger, violation of freedoms, abuse of authority, acts of barbarism and cruel and degrading acts
  • 03.2021 – Autopsy ; Burial certificate
  • 08.03.2021 – Murder of Cheikh
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