The families of the victims in the horrific Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France are preparing to sue government authorities after discovering that French authorities failed to properly check the terrorist’s truck-turned-weapon. According to the Daily Mail, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel's 19-ton freight truck was five times over the legal limit set by France, an infraction authorities appeared to miss during security screenings before the attack.
Specifically, police are accused of lying and obscuring evidence of their initial encounter with the Nice terrorist on that fateful day. Before mowing down hundreds of people on a beach promenade by the French Riviera, Lahouaiej Bouhlel reportedly told police that he was carrying ice cream in his truck. There was only one problem. The truck clearly had no refrigerating system. It was an everyday delivery truck. Blind to the obvious, officers failed to question the terrorist further or search the contents within the truck.
They actually believed him when he apprehensively told them he was delivering ice cream. The security failure here is beyond embarrassing. It’s juvenile. Leave it to the French to trust a young Muslim man with a thick accent when he says he’s delivering ice cream.
The incompetence only gets worse.
“All lorries over 3.5 tonnes were permanently banned from the Promenade des Anglais, where the killings happened,” reports the Mail. “All trucks over 7.5 tonnes were banned from moving in France on July 14 -France's biggest public holiday.”
Despite the fact that the truck clearly exceeded the weight limit, Lahouaiej Bouhlel was reportedly able to drive his large vehicle up and down the beach promenade four times before suddenly going full-Islamist and running over babies’ strollers.
Last Thursday’s massacre left 84 people dead, including women and children. Many of the victims are fighting for their lives and remain in critical condition.
Four men and one woman have been arrested in connection with the attack.
Investigators are still determining why the barriers blocking the promenade were ineffective in deterring a 19-ton truck from rough-riding over them. Hint: The barriers were weak and cheap.