"A short time after they forced that police car to retreat with a barrage of gunfire, the police say, the militant brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachidrove to the nearby Boulevard Richard Lenoir, where they shot and killed their 12th victim, Ahmed Merabet, a police officer and a practicing Muslim. The killing of Mr. Merabet — who wasposthumously awarded France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honor, along with two other officers killed last week — was captured on videoby another witness, an engineer named Jordi Mir. Mr. Mir quickly posted the images on Facebook, before regretting the decision and removing them a short time later.
Mr. Mir told The Associated Press this week that he wanted Mr. Merabet’s family to know that he was “very sorry” for having shared the video, which showed the officer’s killing at close range by one of the gunmen, and asked that news organizations edit out the scene of the officer’s death when they broadcast the footage.
While he attributed his initial sharing of the video to an instinctive use of the social network that he called “a stupid reflex,” Mr. Mir did suggest that the images of the deadly violence seemed newsworthy.
“For me, the policeman killed, it’s like a war photo,” Mr. Mir told The Associated Press, comparing it to a famous image of a soldier’s deathduring the Spanish Civil War captured by the photographer Robert Capa."