The new case of alleged police blunder revealed this Thursday, November 26, the beating, captured by a video, of a music producer by Parisian police officers, intervenes in the midst of the debate on the bill on global security and its famous Article 24. The latter penalizes the dissemination of “the image of the face or any other element of identification” of members of the police in intervention when it affects their “physical or mental integrity”.
It is revealed after the muscular intervention, and again filmed, of the police on Monday evening at Place de la République in Paris to dislodge migrants.
We can see in the images in particular a commissioner tripping over a man who is running.
This Thursday evening, the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin made public on Twitter the conclusions of the administrative investigation carried out by the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN), the "police police".
This report refers to a “disproportionate use of force” on the part of the commissioner who tripped.
As for the violence against journalist Rémy Buisine, he considers that they require additional investigations.
As I was committed to it, I am making public the conclusions of the IGPN's investigations following the evacuation of the illegal encampment on Place de la République 👇https: //t.co/Hs2JgN8wAi
- Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) November 26, 2020
For many observers, videos are essential in raising awareness of police violence.
The case of Michel Z., passed from the status of suspect to that of victim thanks to the camera in his studio, illustrates this wonderfully.
"When there is no video, there is almost no chance of leading to prosecution against the police", testifies Me Raffaëlle Guy, lawyer at the Paris bar.
The latter intervenes in particular with a man arrested in 2019 in Saint-Ouen by six police officers from the Seine-Saint-Denis security and intervention company (CSI).
On a video shot by the camera of a shop, we see one of the police officers throwing a package on the ground and then accusing the man of being the owner of this bag of drugs.
“Without the video, my client would be in prison,” insists the criminal lawyer.
"There is a judicial culture to change"
Her colleague Me Elise Arfi makes the same observation.
"In cases of contempt and rebellion, when there is no camera, the word of the police officer, who is a sworn official, will always have more weight than that of the citizen," says this Parisian criminal.
How many times do we hear magistrates say:
but why do you want them to lie?
It is obviously not a question of saying that all the police officers do it or that they are never taken to task, but when we see the number of illegitimate violence revealed by videos, we have reason to wonder about the figure black police violence.
"" There is a judicial culture to change, supports Me Raffaelle Guy, because the magistrates can only know that all the procedures do not necessarily reflect reality.
Even within the police institution, the subject begins to stain.
“To solve a problem, you first have to name it.
Yes, there is a behavioral problem in the police, says a senior police officer.
Let us stop saying that it is the fact of a minority.
Behavior is not only illegitimate violence, it is also the way of addressing citizens, of adopting the right attitude.
And there is work there.
Recent decisions and overt support from the political majority may have led some to believe that they had been signed a blank check.
Now is the time to tell them no.
The police are not a rival gang.
If she behaves like this, she weakens.