The scene lasts only twenty seconds, and was broadcast on Snapchat. The white girl is violently taken to task by two other African teenage girls. The national police of Seine-et-Marne meanwhile indicated that the distribution of a video containing violence will not be tolerated on social networks.
The attack occurred near the Lycée Martin-Luther-King, in Bussy-Saint-Georges, in the north of Seine-et-Marne. Two black girls violently attack a white teenager. She is kicked, punched and pulled by the hair and eventually dragged on the ground, despite the intervention of another girl, who tries to stop the attack.
After a few seconds, she manages to push back the two other girls and help her friend. We then see several people, phones in hand, some of whom come to meet the victim to help her up. According to the national police, the investigators have stopped the video from spreading further on the Pharos platform.
According to the office of the mayor of Bussy-Saint-Georges, contact will be made with the headmaster of the school to discuss the matter, even if the attack did not happen inside the establishment.
According to information obtained by Le Parisien, a complaint has been lodged and investigations are being conducted by a team from the Lagny-sur-Marne police station.
The platform Pharos (Platform for Harmonization, Analysis, Cross-referencing and Reporting Guidance) which receives reports of illegal content on Internet, including pedophilia, child pornography, racism, anti-Semitism or xenophobia, but also incitement to racial, ethnic or religious hatred, acts of apology for terrorism or scams, has been alerted on the issue.
Investigators from the police or gendarmerie, will now scrutinize the platform to “verify that the contents reported constitute a violation of the law and alert the competent services, before the opening of an investigation”.
In this case, the Departmental Directorate of Public Security of Seine-et-Marne (DDSP77) has already banned the “illegal content”. The daily urged readers not to share the racially sensitive video. “In case of discovery of potentially illegal content on the Internet, it should never be shared, liked or retweeted. The only reflex to have is to report it on the platform Pharos.”
The filmmaker will face the same punishment as the one who committed the violence in the first place, the daily noted. Broadcasting the recording of such images is punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 75 000 euros.
Created in 2009, this platform is managed by the judicial police at its cybercrime center – and allows Internet users to report criminal or offensive acts identified on the Web.
Pharos recorded 153 000 reports in 2017 and 170 000 the previous year, after a peak in 2015 at 188 000.
Vous êtes nombreux à nous avoir signalé la vidéo de violences commises sur une jeune fille.
Les enquêteurs de la plateforme #Pharos ont été saisis.
Merci de ne pas relayer cette vidéo. pic.twitter.com/hsM7UdC6ZL
— Police nationale 77 (@PoliceNat77) May 30, 2019
In another racial incident, a native Frenchman aged 56, died on Tuesday in Paris, crushed by an Algerian tourist bus driver as a result of what had started as a verbal altercation between the two men.
The alarming facts, revealed by the city’s daily Le Parisien, took place on the quai Voltaire. According to the newspaper, the altercation started after a “slight collision” between a bus and a car.
The driver of the car was “furious about being hit” by the bus and got out of his car to confront the bus driver. The discussion quickly escalated after which the bus driver turned around and took his place behind the steering wheel of the bus. The Algerian then pushed down on the accelerator and crushed the 56-year-old, who died instantly.
The driver of the bus, presented by the local newspaper as “a Parisian aged 46, and resident in the 15th arrondissement”, was arrested for “voluntary manslaughter”. According to information, the bus driver is Omar M, born in Algeria in 1973.
Omar M is currently in custody, and he had no alcohol in his blood at the time of the facts. The Paris prosecutor’s office has entrusted the investigation to the third Judicial Police District.