FRENCH police have taken part in some protests of their own today against the recent government ruling of a ban on chokeholds and changes in arrest measures to put a stop to racism and brutality that residents have suffered at the hands of the police.
This protest echoes the worldwide rallies with regard to American George Floyd’s death and Paris protest over the death of black Frenchman Adama Traoré who passed away in police custody in 2016.
Officers gathered on Paris’ Champs-Elysées, on Friday, parking police vehicles next to the Arc de Triomphe. The cars and vans were emblazoned with posters showing images of injured officers who had been attacked whilst on duty accompanied by the question ‘Who is massacring who?’
Police unions are to hold emergency meetings with Interior Minister Christophe Castaner to discuss altering police practices after the minister announced the ban on training the restraining of alleged criminals by their necks.
Unité SGP Police FO union members placed their handcuffs on the ground outside police stations around the country in a symbolic protest on Thursday evening and were quoted as saying “They want to prevent us from working,” and “Mr Castaner appears to have heard us, but not heard us enough.”
The Interior Minister has enforced a ‘zero tolerance’ of racism within the force and promised that the use of body cameras would increase.