French police officers caught doing the Macarena during an illegal party
The French public was appalled when a video was posted to social media showing police officers in Paris holding an illegal party in their local station during lockdown. A police headquarters spokesperson said that more than twenty-four officers had been ordered to write reports about the circumstances surrounding the ‘Macarena party’ held at the station in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers, and that “sanctions are planned.”
In the hilarious footage, crowds of people can be seen dancing the famous Macarena and breaching Covid social distancing rules. The spokesperson said that these kinds of parties are strictly prohibited in all police facilitie and there are rules on mask wearing and maximum capacity in buildings – things the video clearly shows are being ignored.
The majority of viewers on social media found the video amusing and defended the coppers.
One tweeted: “The police have been roughed up for years. They’re only human.”
Another took a balanced view, and wrote: “This party is obviously indefensible and a terrible example to set, but I must admit to being quite tickled to learn that police in the fairly tough Paris suburb of Aubervilliers spend their downtime dancing the Macarena.”
Others weren’t quite as impressed, however, and highlighted recent negative press about excessive force used by some French officers:
We have seen men and women take fines, get pinned to the ground and beaten up for not wearing a mask or going beyond the curfew. Meanwhile the cops dance the macarena until 3 a.m. Clearly, the police believe themselves above the law.
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