Paris Police Officers Suspended Over Beating of Black Music Producer

Michel, the musician
French authorities have suspended three police officers after they were seen on video beating up a black music producer in central Paris.

The incident on Saturday has prompted a fresh outcry over the conduct of French security forces.

On Monday police were accused of using unnecessary force as they dismantled a makeshift migrant camp in Paris.

The incidents come as the government tries to bring in laws banning the broadcast of police officers’ faces.

Critics of the legislation say that without such images, none of the incidents which took place over the past week would have come to light.

On Thursday, French football star Kylian Mbappe, who is black, joined national teammates and fellow athletes in condemning the latest incident.

“Unbearable video, unacceptable violence. Say no to racism,” he wrote on Twitter next to a picture of the bloodied face of the injured producer, who has been named only as Michel.

The security camera video was published on Thursday by the online news site Loopsider. It shows three officers kicking, punching and using their truncheons on the man after he entered his studio. Loopsider said he had initially been stopped for not wearing a mask.

Michel said that he was also subjected to racist abuse during the five minute beating.

He was detained and charged with violence and resisting arrest, but prosecutors threw the charges out and instead opened an investigation against the officers.

As he arrived at police headquarters on Thursday with his lawyer to file a complaint, Michel told reporters: “People who should have been protecting me attacked me. I did nothing to deserve this. I just want these three people to be punished according to the law.”

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said she was “profoundly shocked” by the “intolerable act”.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told French television that he would press for the officers’ dismissal, saying they had “soiled the uniform of the republic”.

Earlier this week Mr Darmanin ordered police to provide a full report after they violently dismantled a makeshift migrant camp in the capital, clashing with migrants and activists.

He tweeted that some of the scenes were “shocking”.