Four police officers charged with violence against blacks in Paris


Four police officers attacked a man in Paris. Apparently for no reason, as the images from a surveillance camera show. Now the officials have to answer in court.

After the brutal police operation against a black music producer in Paris, the four police officers involved were charged. Three of the four officials have to answer for “intentional violence by a person with sovereign authority” and “forgery”, as the AFP news agency learned on Monday from judicial circles.

Accordingly, two police officers came into custody after the charges were brought on Sunday evening, the other two were released subject to conditions.

Surveillance camera found the perpetrators

The music producer Michel Zecler was beaten, kicked and racially insulted by police about a week ago. The case had become known through footage from a surveillance camera and had caused horror across the country. The four officers were then suspended and taken into custody.

One of them is charged with throwing a tear gas grenade in the basement of the building where the attack took place. He was charged with “premeditated violence” on Sunday evening.

Police beat the man with a baton

The four police officers had told investigators that the producer had not worn a corona protective mask on the street and had then attacked. However, the video footage only shows how the police hit the producer in the face, kick him and beat him with the baton.

Zecler himself said the police attacked him for no reason. “They said ‘dirty negro’ several times and beat me up,” he said when he filed a complaint against the police with his lawyer.

The case had caused horror across France. After soccer stars like Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé, President Emmanuel Macron was also appalled by the video images. On Saturday, more than a hundred thousand people across the country took to the streets against police violence.

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