Police Abuse in La Courneuve

November 14, 2005

This happened a week ago, but the video – which initially appeared on France Channel 2 – was unavailable until now. (It “mysteriously” did not appear on channel 2’s online archive.)

Briefly, this is what the voice-over says:

“In La Courneuve Monday evening (Nov. 7th), a young man was released from police custody where he had been held for willfully damaging property. The police jumped on him, through him to the ground; two of them hit him again and again. In all, eight police officers were involved. The young man received several cuts on his face and his feet. He is picked up, handcuffed, and taken back to the police station.”

Please click here to view the video!
(this is a link offsite – if it does not work please email me so i can upload the video myself…)

La Courneuve is, incidentally, the suburb which Sarkozy said he would clean "with Karcher" (a heavy duty cleaning product).

The police obviously had no idea they were being filmed, and when the video was aired last week all eight ended were initially suspended. On Friday five of eight cops were brought to court - the three others were released. Of these five, four were released on their own recognizance while one was kept in custody over the weekend.

This caused the police and the far-right to freak out. The Alliance 93 police union issued a call for police to only provide the minimum of service as an on-the-job protest. And Saturday. Philippe de Villiers (far-right leader who is trying to replace Le Pen in this regard) declared his personal solidarity with the police, and denounced the “violently outrageous penalties” imposed on the police shown in the video.

On Saturday, the victim of this police attack was once again arrested again, accused of throwing rocks at firefighters. And today the cop who had been held over he weekend was released. Police justice yet again…

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This originally came from my blog - Sketchy Thoughts - and is one of a number of pieces i wrote or translated regarding the riots that rocked France in October and November 2005. To see the a complete list of such posts, i suggest you check out the 2005 Riots In France page on the Kersplebedeb site.

The document can also be viewed on my blog (where you can leave comments) here.

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