NAfter the brutal police operation against a black music producer in Paris, the four police officers involved were charged. Three of the four officials have to answer for “willful violence by a person with sovereign authority” and “forgery”, as the AFP news agency learned on Monday from judicial circles. Accordingly, two police officers came into custody after the charges were brought on Sunday evening, the other two were released subject to conditions.
The music producer Michel Zecler was beaten, kicked and racially insulted by police about a week ago. The case became known through footage from a surveillance camera and caused outrage across the country. The four officers were then suspended and taken into custody.
One of them is charged with throwing a tear gas grenade in the basement of the building where the attack took place. He was charged with “willful violence” on Sunday evening.
The four police officers had told investigators that the producer had not worn a corona protective mask on the street and had then attacked. However, the video images only show how the police hit the producer in the face, kick him and beat him with the baton.
Zecler himself said the police attacked him for no reason. “They said ‘dirty negro’ several times and beat me up,” he said when he and his lawyer filed a complaint against the police.
The case had caused horror across France. After soccer stars like Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé, President Emmanuel Macron was also appalled by the video images. On Saturday, more than a hundred thousand people across the country took to the streets against police violence and a planned security law.