PARIS (AP) – A black man beaten by several French police officers said that he is demanding justice after the publication of a video showing officers staring at him repeatedly, for no apparent reason against him. Using trunches and tear gas.
French Interior Minister Gerald Dermannin ordered the authorities involved in the case to be suspended.
The incident came to light when President Emmanuel Macron’s government is bringing a new bill, restricting the ability of the film police, which has prompted protests from civil liberties groups and journalists to ignore and ignore police brutality Will allow to do.
The video, published on Thursday by the French news website Loopspider, showed the violent arrest of Michel Jechler, a music producer, in the 17th mica or district of the French capital on Saturday.
Video images obtained by the Associated Press, both filmed from a security camera inside the studio and by neighbors outside, show three officers following Zeckler inside his music studio, where he is repeatedly punched by them and a truncheon Can be seen beating together.
Zeckler told the Associated Press that he feels “good” now that “the truth is out.”
“I want to understand why I was beaten up by people who were wearing police uniforms. I really want justice, because I believe in the justice of our country.
Jeckler said authorities repeatedly insulted him, including a very strong racist epithet.
He said he still did not understand why the authorities decided to arrest him. There were injuries to his head, legs and feet.
His lawyer, Hafida El Ali, said: “They asked him what he wanted if he wanted to check his identity. … they didn’t stop beating him, the video of the violence (inside the studio) lasts for 12 minutes. “
At some point the officers called in reinforcements and went out. He then threw a tear gas grenade at the studio to exit, according to El Ali.
El Ali said nine other people recording music in the basement of the studio were also beaten.
“Outside they are still beaten and thrown to the ground and this is the moment a police officer sees that they are being filmed,” she said. Then the violence stops.
Jeckler was taken into custody.
“I am obviously scared of these pictures,” Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said in a television interview. “Racists are cops, lawyers or bakers, but to say that cops are racist is not true.”
Zeller’s lawyer emphasized the value of the video in his client’s case.
“These videos are necessary because my client was initially being detained,” L Ali said. “This is very serious. The reality is that if we didn’t have these videos, my client would probably be in jail. “
Daramanin tweeted that the National Inspector General of Police, an agency investigating the allegations of police misconduct, known by his French acquaintance IGPN, is looking into the matter, saying, “I want disciplinary action as soon as possible.” “
The Paris Police Province said in a statement that IGPN will try to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the arrest of the person.
The Paris Prosecutor’s Office is also investigating the police action. The prosecutor’s office said Thursday that it opened proceedings against Jeckler on the day of his arrest, and instead opened an investigation for “acts of violence by a person in a position of public authority” and “false declaration”.
According to the Le Parisian newspaper, based on written records of the officers’ declarations the next day of the arrest, Jechler drew his attention because he did not wear a mask – which is mandatory in Paris amid the coronovirus epidemic. He seemed “nervous” and a “strong drug smell” was emanating from him. He said that he was getting “dangerous” towards them.
Zeckler’s lawyer said: “My client never committed any violence against the police … he did not defend himself.”
This is the second brutality investigation by the police in Paris this week prompted by video footage. The government ordered an internal police investigation on Tuesday, when police officers were filmed to get migrants out of tents. And tripping while deliberately evacuating a protest camp.
On the same day, the lower house of France’s parliament approved a draft law to strengthen the local police and provide greater protection to all officers. It is a crime to publish images of officers specifically intended to harm them. The bill that gained public support after the recent terrorist attacks will now go to the Senate.