A police woman and her captain were brutally beaten after responding to a call for help at a New Year’s party, leaving both with head injuries and badly bruised bodies.
Street thugs showed no qualms about beating an unnamed woman and her captain who had raced to break up a fight at a house in the Champigny-sur-Marne region of France, southeast of Paris according to Express. After some partygoers were denied entry, they began fighting in the streets and targeted the police officers who responded.
Video footage shows the gang pushing the female officer onto the ground before savagely kicking her head countless times. Footage also shows the protesters ravaging a car, turning it on its side and beating it with bat-like sticks.
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“Goodness! Poor copper!,” said on onlooker, Express reports. Both officers suffered concussions as well as a broken nose for the captain.
“The captain had tried to defend the pair using a tear gas canister, but was badly beaten up,” said a source, according to Express. The source indicated that the captain pulled his gun on the aggressors after they began beating his officer but did not fire or engage the attackers further.
“Those guilty of the cowardly and criminal lynching of police doing their duty on the night of December 31st will be found and punished,” said French President Emmanuel Macron after the brutal attacks went viral on social media. He added that citizens should honor and give their full support to the French police rather than attack them in such “low level fashion.”
“Everything is done to ensure that the cowardly perpetrators of these unspeakable acts are apprehended and sentenced,” French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said. “To attack our security forces is to attack our Republic. These are neighborhoods that must change,” Collomb added after the attacks, The Local reports.
The assault was one of numerous similar events over the New Year in France, which saw more than 1,000 vehicles torched, eight police officers injured, and three anti-terror agents also attacked.
The arrests were not few, with 510 arrests Sunday night. France is not unaccustomed to such violence, however. New Year’s weekend in 2016 saw 456 arrests and 1,031 cars torched according to figures from the Interior Ministry, Express reports.
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