Paris Man Sorry for Sharing Police-Killing Video

Facebook share was 'stupid reflex,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2015 12:07 AM CST
Paris Man Sorry for Sharing Police Killing Video
Ambulances are parked outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.    (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

The Paris man who captured a chilling video of the Charlie Hebdo attackers executing a police officer in the street says sharing it on Facebook was a "stupid reflex" and he wishes he had never done it. Jordi Mir, an engineer, tells the AP that he was "completely panicked" when he took the video and put it online. He thought better of it after 15 minutes and took it down, but it was too late: It had already been shared by some of his 2,500 Facebook friends and uploaded to YouTube. Mir was shocked to see it on television news within the hour. "On Facebook, there's no confidentiality," he says. "It's a lesson for me."

Mir has apologized to the family of officer Ahmed Merabet, who were horrified to see his death broadcast over and over on the news. "How dare you take that video and broadcast it?" the officer's brother told reporters on Saturday. "I heard his voice. I recognized him. I saw him get slaughtered and I hear him get slaughtered every day." Merabet, the first officer on the scene, was the son of Muslim immigrants from Algeria, and at his funeral, his brother called for harmony, the Telegraph reports. "My brother was a Muslim and he was killed by people pretending to be Muslims. They are terrorists—that's it," he said. "I speak now to all the racists, Islamaphobes, and anti-Semites who confuse extremists and Muslims. Madness has neither color nor religion." (More Paris stories.)

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