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In Paris, Several Police Officers Suspended After Video Shows Them Beating A Black Man
Four French police officers have been suspended and are now in custody after a video shows them brutally beating a Black man.
The four suspects are facing charges of “intentional violence by a person holding authority.”
The incident sparked outrage across the country and comes as President Emmanuel Macron’s administration is pushing controversial legislation to ban filming the police.
Video shows Michel Zecler, a 41-year-old music producer being attacked as he tried to enter his music studio. The police officers pushed him through the doorway and started hitting him with their fists and a billy club.
Zecler was not wearing a face mask required under current COVID-19 measures.
The beating only stopped when others in the building came to Zecler’s aid. Police officers reportedly threw a tear-gas canister through the window to force him to leave his studio to arrest him and others.
The police were unaware they were being filmed by a surveillance camera.
“I thought it was my last day,” Zecler told French news outlet Loopsider, who first posted the video of the attack, in an interview.
Zecler spent 48 hours in jail after officers accused him of violence, resisting arrest, and trying to take their weapons.
Zecler’s lawyer has told French media that a formal complaint has been filed against the police officers, who are also accused of fabricating evidence.