The four police officers were suspended from office on Thursday.
They are being investigated, since Tuesday, by the General Inspectorate of the French National Police (IGPN) regarding “violence” and “forgery in public documents”.
This case provoked a strong emotion in France.
“Outraged” by the video recording, several ministers said that this type of skidding is “a problem for the Republic”, but without disproving all law enforcement.
In a recording published on Thursday, police officers are caught beating a music producer in Paris on Saturday night.
The left and the presidential majority have expressed support for the victim.
The producer accuses the police of shouting racist insults at him while beating him.
Michel, a music producer, was beaten up by three police officers last Saturday in Paris. They then falsely accused him of wanting to take up their arms and of rebellion.
But the police did not know one thing: everything was filmed. pic.twitter.com/PTo71fzJzP
— David Perrotin (@davidperrotin) November 26, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was “shocked” by the video, according to Europe 1 and France Info.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, invited to France 2 on Thursday evening, announced that he had “requested the suspension of three police officers”, based on these “incalculable, extremely shocking” images.
“As soon as the facts are established by the judiciary, I will also demand their revocation,” the minister assured, in the context in which the Paris Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation against the police.
French Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said on Thursday night, at LCI, “outraged by these images.” However, he warned that “we must be careful” and not “mix things up”.
“There are racist cops, lawyers or bakers, but to say that the police are racist is not true. But any police violence is a problem for the Republic, “he said.
Minister for Relations with Parliament Marc Fesneau said he was “shocked” on Friday at the LCI and “outraged” by images. But he stressed, like Eric Dupond-Moretti, that this behavior should not be generalized to the entire police force.
“The gendarme, the policeman is the man or woman who must protect the weak, the fragile. Obviously, police violence is a problem for the Republic. Every time there is police violence, it must be investigated, sanctioned, “Industry Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told BFMTV.
“Conversely, any violence against law enforcement is a problem of the Republic and here it is also necessary to be uncompromising about this violence,” she said.