French police avoid making arrest for fear of being called racist
In the current context of growing racial tension, French police officers are taking no risks. A patrol insulted by a migrant gave up on arresting him to avoid a possible riot or accusations of racism.
Published: June 12, 2020, 8:41 am
This is the direct consequence of anti-police demonstrations that have multiplied across France since the death of African-American George Floyd. To try to ease racial animosity, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner asked, on Monday, June 8, “that a suspension be systematically considered for each proven suspicion of a racist act or speech” of a member belonging to the security forces.
This is basically a deleterious “presumption of guilt” for all police officers, who no longer dare to make arrests, for fear of being accused of racism or violence. According to information obtained by French weekly Valeurs Actuelles, this has now happened in La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime).
While riding a motorcycle in the afternoon of Tuesday June 9, a police patrol crossed the path of a youth who shouted “ACAB” [acronym for “Alls Cops Are Bastards”] several times to their faces. The officials proceeded to hold this individual to account. They told him that, given the current situation, his outrageous and provocative behavior was intolerable.
But the individual continued to insult the patrol with impunity. Finally, the police let him go by greeting him politely, when in fact they could have arrested him for contempt of an agent. But for fear that an arrest would trigger a riot or that they would be accused of racism, the officers simply waved away the youth.
The term “proven suspicion” has riled many critics. “A suspicion, that is something that can not be proven,” the general secretary of Alternative Police CFDT Denis Jacob, pointed out to BFMTV. National Rally leader Marine Le Pen and Bruno Retailleau, President of The Republicans group in the Senate, both expressed concern about a “presumption of guilt”.
Faced with the outcry that followed his remarks, the Minister of the Interior later tried to temper this announcement, stating that this “automatic suspension procedure” would result from a preliminary investigation.
The Minister of the Interior could also partially cancel another concession he had made to race rioters after his presentation of the plan to fight against racism and “police violence” caused a real uproar in the ranks of the police.
The announcement of the ban on the chokehold was particularly contested. To the police, these measures sounded like concessions to anti-racist protesters. Finally, at the end of a meeting with the various unions during which he sought to calm those present, the Minister of the Interior said he would reconsider, according to information from BFMTV.
The news channel revealed that Castaner would like the police to always be allowed to practice the chokehold, but only a respiratory one, during which the policeman rests his arm on the trachea of the arrested.
The ban on the carotid choke is said to remain effective. It consists of resting a forearm on the carotid artery of the person arrested. In addition, this technique will no longer be taught in police schools. The carotid grip has been the most widely used type of stranglehold. To perform this hold, an officer bends his or her arm around a subject’s neck, applying pressure on either side of the windpipe, but not on the windpipe itself, to slow or stop the flow of blood to the brain via the carotid arteries.
According to BFMTV, this decision is for the moment only a gesture to calm the anger of police officers around the country, who feel abandoned by their chief. The Minister of the Interior denied that he has been backpeddling. The subtlety will eventually be in the terminology chosen during the announcement. In fact, the windpipe or trachea chokehold could change its name.
Yves Lefebvre, Police Secretary General (Unit SGP Police FO) called on all officers to “symbolically place their handcuffs on the ground” in front of police stations.
Protest in reaction to recent statements by Castaner on accusations of racism and violence as well as his announcements with the suspension of police officers in the event of “proven suspicion of racism” and the prohibition on the use of choking during arrests, have meanwhile multiplied.
Several actions were carried out in Toulouse, Lyon and Nice. In Nancy on Thursday evening on Place Stanislas, around thirty officers gathered at the call of their union to express bitterness over Castaner’s statements and denouncing “police bashing”.
Symbolically, they put down their handcuffs and activated the beacons of their vehicles.
RT @LaurentMarc29 : À Saint-Brieuc, des policiers déposent symboliquement leurs menottes en signe de protestation #Castaner #policiers via @letelegramme https://t.co/lo2KZYwRfL
— Xavier Bizot (@Xavier_Bizot) June 11, 2020
Le ras-le-bol des #policiers : en #Mayenne, rassemblement devant le commissariat de #Laval ce vendredi #racisme #ViolencesPolicieres https://t.co/0bb1FoqpFT
— France Bleu Mayenne (@bleumayenne) June 11, 2020
Présent place Masséna à #Nice06 pour soutenir nos policiers abandonnés par leur ministre et le président #Macron
Chaque jour, ils sont là pour nous protéger
Nous avons le devoir d’être là pour eux ! #JeSoutiensLaPolice pic.twitter.com/EIEYw1w9g0
— Eric Ciotti (@ECiotti) June 11, 2020
Les policiers de #saintgenevievedesbois jettent leurs menottes au sol en désaccord avec le goouvernement #police #policiers #Essonne pic.twitter.com/c3zFOOrCGn
— Jérémy Renard (@JeremyRenardJRI) June 11, 2020
Les commissariats de Lille, Roubaix et Tourcoing, jettent les menottes et brassards au sol.
Plus d’interpellation à partir d’aujourd’hui, on attend de monsieur le ministre des réponses et des moyens.
Grosses pensées aux collègues qui nous ont quittés 🕊
On veut des réponses ! pic.twitter.com/xDwahCTX9N
— Matricule007 (@DeltaMike59) June 11, 2020
Besancon : Les policiers jettent leurs menottes à terre. pic.twitter.com/6VkczZ3qfA
— Radio Plein Air (@radiopleinair) June 11, 2020
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Consider donating to support our work
Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
Care prompts bishops to criticize transgender ideology
The Catholic bishops of the Scandinavian countries presented an open five-page letter criticizing transgender ideology on March 21, just before Easter. The document primarily expresses care and advice and was read aloud in Catholic churches in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm, is one of the signatories of the document.
Brits Forced to Live in Darkness and Cold
Food prices are rising at a furious pace, fastest in Scotland in almost half a century. At the same time, energy prices are at record highs. People are forced to choose between freezing or going hungry, and a majority of Scots are forced to live in cold and darkness to cope with bills. Old generations' tricks for saving and keeping warm are returning. Nevertheless, it is feared that 10,000 Brits will die of cold homes this winter. We present the Swedish Public Health Agency's guidelines on indoor temperature. Governments in Europe are introducing rationing and monitoring of food purchases. Net-zero emissions are a lie that, in practice, de-industrializes the West and dramatically lowers our standard of living.
Thousands of Flemish farmers block roads in Brussels against nitrogen policy
BrusselsMore than 2500 farmers from Belgium's Dutch-speaking Flanders region gathered at Brussels' central Arts-Loi street and blocked roads with tractors toward Brussels to protest the regional government's plan to limit nitrogen emissions.
Orban: EU energy sanctions costing citizens billions
BudapestHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has warned that some western states could soon send troops to Ukraine. He also criticized the fact that the EU sanctions against Russia had cost Hungarian taxpayers tens of billions of euros.
Italy: New leader of the Social Democrats is one of Soros’ ‘preferred politicians’
RomeDuring the election campaign, Elly Schlein presented herself as the standard-bearer of the poorest. However, her background and previous work raise doubts about her honesty.
UK greenhouses shut down due to high energy costs
LondonIn Great Britain, a particularly depressing facet of the crisis is now showing its first contours - and thus anticipating what is likely to happen in other European countries in the near future: because of the exploding energy prices, agriculture is being strangled and fresh produce has to be rationed.
Lisbon opens borders to all Portuguese speakers
LisbonNot only the German and Italian governments keep opening new paths for immigration. Portugal, too, has opened a Pandora's box and is paving the way for possibly millions of non-European immigrants to the EU – something which is not mentioned by the mainstream media.
Illegal immigration to Italy has reached its highest level ever
RomeIn Italy, despite the overwhelming right-wing electoral success in September, there is still nothing to be seen of the promised asylum turnaround – on the contrary. Giorgia Meloni has been in office for five months, but the arrivals of migrants in Italy have doubled compared to the previous year.
Dismantling diplomacy with ‘feminist foreign policy’
BudapestGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) wants to counter German security issues abroad with feminist politics. Gender training, LGBTQ events and quotas are now part of their new guidelines, which are intended to bring about "cultural change". The German ambassador to Hungary, Julia Gross, provided an embarrassing example.
Germans demand investigation of Nord Stream sabotage
BerlinAfter the sensational revelations by US investigative reporter Seymour Hersh about the perpetrators of the Nord Stream attacks on September 26, 2022, the German government has remained silent. It does not want to comment on Hersh's research results, according to which the pipelines were blown up by Americans and Norwegians.