Police officers across France took to the streets Wednesday in protest against the treatment of police after a mob repeatedly kicked and beat a female police officer on New Year’s Eve.
Roughly 100 officers gathered outside the police department in the Paris suburb of Champigny-sur-Marne, where the female officer was beaten, The Local reported Wednesday. Video of her beating was posted to social media soon after the attack, and other officers have in Lille, Saint-Etienne, Grenoble, Toulouse, Carcassonne, and Bordeaux, answering the call of the National Alliance of Police union.
A pair of police officers were also assaulted in a second attack on Tuesday when they attempted to apprehend two youths suspected of stealing. One of the cops was punched several times before the other fired his weapon into the air to scare the protesters away.
Police in the immigrant-heavy suburbs of Paris have long had a contentious relationship with the populace. Police triggered national protests after two teens were electrocuted while hiding from police in 2005, and an officer was also convicted of rape after pushing a baton into a youth’s anus, according to The Local.
And in 2016, protestors threw Molotov Cocktails at a police cruiser, grievously injuring four officers.
Statistics from 2016 show that nearly half of the French police who were injured in 2016 were assaulted, and injuries caused by weapons were up 60 percent, according to French paper Le Parisien.
France’s interior minister Gerard Collomb has denounced the attacks as “savage” and “unacceptable,” and French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned the female officer’s beating as a “cowardly and criminal lynching.”
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