French authorities have recently suspended three police officers after they were seen in a video beating up a black music producer in central Paris. The incident that happened on Saturday has prompted a fresh outcry over the conduct of the French security forces.
On Monday, the French police were accused of using unnecessary force as they recently dismantled a makeshift migrant camp in Paris. The incidents come as the government tries to bring in the laws banning the broadcast of the faces of the police officers.
Critics of the legislation say that without such images, none of the incidents which took place over this past week would have come to light. On Thursday, French football star named, Kylian Mbappe, who is also black, joined national teammates and his fellow athletes in condemning the latest incident.
He wrote on Twitter, “Unbearable video, unacceptable violence. Say no to racism,” next to an image of the bloodied face of the injured music producer, who has been named as Michel.
The security cam video was published on Thursday by the online news site named Loopsider. It shows the three officers kicking, punching, and even using their truncheons on the man after he entered his studio. Loopsider said that he had initially been stopped for not wearing a mask.
Black Music Producer Gets Beaten Up By Paris Police Officers In A Video; Officers Suspended
Michel said that he was subjected to racist abuse during the five-minute beating. He was detained and also charged with violence and resisting arrest, but the prosecutors threw the charges out and instead opened a legal investigation against the officers.
As he arrived at the police headquarters on Thursday with his lawyer to file a complaint, Michel informs reporters: People who should have been protecting him attacked him. He did nothing to deserve this, and he just wants these three people to be seriously punished according to the law.”
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said that she was “profoundly shocked” by the “intolerable act”. Interior Minister of France, Gérald Darmanin told French television that he would press for the dismissal of the officers, saying they had “soiled the uniform of the republic”.
Earlier this week Mr Darmanin ordered the police to provide a full report after they dismantled a makeshift migrant camp violently in the capital, clashing with migrants and activists.