AI is concerned about the shooting and subsequent death of Ibrahim Sy by gendarmes near Rouen on the night of 26-27 February 1994. The organization believes that this incident falls into a pattern of shootings in which law enforcement officers have used excessive and leghal force in violation of the minimum standards of international law. AI is also concerned by the time it is taking to complete the preliminary and urges that the judcial investigation be completed without further delay. Ibrahim Sy and two companions were reportedly attempting to break into and steal from cars on the night of the shooting. The gendarmerie was alerted and, as the youths attempted to escape in a stolen car, fired shots into the car.