Paris police beat Black man, sparking fresh outrage in France

Paris police beat Black man, sparking fresh outrage in France
The music producer identified only by his first name, Michel. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: The interior minister of Franch Gerald Darmanin ordered several Paris police officers suspended after the publication of videos showing them beating up a Black man and using tear gas against him with no apparent reason.

The incident came as the government is pushing a new bill that restricts the ability to film police, which has prompted protests from journalists concerned and civil liberties groups that it would allow police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished.

On Thursday, videos published by French news website Loopsider show the violent arrest of a music producer identified only by his first name, Michel, in the 17th arrondissement or district of the French capital on Saturday.

Three Paris police officers followed the music producer inside his music studio after they apparently saw him walking in the street without wearing a mask, Loopsider reports.

The published video images, both from filmed by neighbors outside and a security camera inside the studio, show officers repeatedly punching him and beating him with a truncheon.

According to Loopsider, the police officers then left, called in reinforcements and threw a tear gas grenade into the studio to get those inside to come out.

It reported that nine others who were recording music in the studio basement at that time were also beaten. Michel told Loopsider that the police officers hurled repeated racist insults at him, and he was taken in custody for 48 hours.

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