Formal probe of Paris police officers launched over beating of Black man -media

by Reuters
Monday, 30 November 2020 06:26 GMT

French police and CRS riot policemen patrol in Montmartre in Paris as France has raised the security alert for French territory to the highest level after the knife attack in the city of Nice, France, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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The alleged victim, music producer Michel Zecler, said police jumped on him at his music studio in Paris' 17th arrondissement

PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Four French police officers held in custody over the beating of a Black music producer have been placed under formal investigation, Agence France Presse (AFP) and France Info said on Monday.

Two officers would stay in custody, while the other two were placed under judicial control, the news providers added.

Charges against the officers would include the use of racist language and intentional violence with weapons, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz had said on Sunday.

Violent clashes broke out in the French capital on Saturday during a demonstration against police violence, following President Emmanuel Macron's comments the previous day that the images of the alleged beating brought shame to France.

The alleged victim, music producer Michel Zecler, said police jumped on him at his music studio in Paris' 17th arrondissement on Nov. 21.

He said he had been walking nearby without a mask, a violation of French health protocols regarding the coronavirus, and upon seeing a police car, went into his music studio to avoid being fined.

However, the police followed him inside and started to physically attack him and racially abuse him, he added. (Reporting by Jean Terzian and Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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