Paris Police Officers To Remain In Custody After Beating Black Music Producer

Written by on November 29, 2020

PARIS (Reuters) ― Three Paris law enforcement officials being held over the beating of a Black music producer throughout an arrest per week in the past will stay in custody for now, Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz stated on Sunday.

Heitz informed a press briefing that judicial authorities wished to ensure that the three didn’t have any contact with each other and that they might not exert any strain on witnesses.

The minutes-long beating of producer Michel Zecler was recorded on CCTV and has been extensively circulated on social media, sparking an outcry within the nationwide and international press and demonstrations towards police violence throughout the nation on Friday and Saturday.

President Emmanuel Macron stated on Friday that the pictures have been shameful for France.

Prosecutor Heitz stated the officers could be charged with intentional violence with weapons, using racist language, falsifying police data, violation of a non-public house and intentional harm to a non-public house.

A fourth police officer, who is just not accused of participating within the beating however of throwing a tear gasoline grenade into Zecler’s music studio, could be suspended from lively service and positioned below judicial management, Heitz stated.

Music producer Michel Zecler answers questions from the press on Thursday, November 26, 2020 before entering the General Insp

Music producer Michel Zecler solutions questions from the press on Thursday, November 26, 2020 earlier than getting into the Common Inspection of the Nationwide Police, in Paris. (AP Picture/Thibault Camus)

Heitz stated that in a listening to by investigators, the three law enforcement officials admitted to having overwhelmed Zecler however stated they did so as a result of they might not subdue him as he was resisting arrest and since they have been panicking.

Heitz added that the officers denied utilizing racist language towards Zecler, however stated that considered one of a number of younger individuals who was within the basement studio – and who’ve additionally been heard by investigators – confirmed having heard the racist insults.

Laurent-Franck Lienard, a lawyer for the three law enforcement officials, stated on BFM tv that he too had been shocked by the pictures of the beating and stated he was considering “have they gone loopy?”.

However he stated that the three officers believed the arrest had been dealt with appropriately and that drive had for use when unavoidable.

He stated his shoppers shouldn’t stay in custody. “Preventive detention is completely hysterical,” he stated.

Zecler’s lawyer Hafida El-Ali stated on BFM that the law enforcement officials “are mendacity at each stage.”

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Enhancing by Alex Richardson and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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