Paris Police Officers Suspended For Beating Black Music Producer

Three French police officers have been suspended after videos showed them attacking and allegedly racially abusing a Black music producer in his studio in Paris.

Three French police officers have been suspended after videos showed them attacking and allegedly racially abusing a Black music producer in his studio in Paris.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin ordered the suspension of three police officers involved in beating a Black man — identified only as Michel — after they were caught on video punching, kicking, and using a truncheon against the victim.

Darmanin also stated in a tweet that the Inspectorate General of the National Police are investigating the officers for allegations of “violence by a public agent” and “making false declarations.”

Video from the studio security camera, which was first published by French news website Loopsider on Nov. 26, showed two officers in uniform and one in civilian clothes repeatedly attacking Michel and his colleagues, who responded to Michel’s call for help, on the evening of Nov. 21.

Michel and his colleagues managed to push the officers outside of the studio, but the police continued to attack them once outside and also threw a teargas canister, smashing a window. The police reportedly stopped attacking when it came to their attention that neighbors were filming their act.

The officers then took Michel, who suffered several injuries, to the police station and accused him of insulting the police and attempting to grab one of their guns. After being held for 48 hours, Michel was released without charge.

The incident came after French Parliament approved the Security Bill that restricts and criminalizes the publication of photos and videos of police officers on duty.


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