Doctors had to cut off the blood of a young man who was beaten by a police officer during a demonstration in Paris last week, according to the man’s lawyer.
Photos and videos from Thursday of the incident circulating online show a police officer punching a man to the ground between the legs, then walking away. The man is seen holding a camera.
The incident occurred during an escalation of violence c a very peaceful walk Tens of thousands of people joined in protesting the government’s plan to raise the retirement age. About 1 million people marched in French cities on Thursday.
The 26-year-old, identified in the French press as an engineer, said he was knocked down, allegedly by a policeman, while taking pictures during a confrontation between protesters and police. . The other officer charged him and accused him of planting his tree in the man’s mess.
According to the lawyer Lucie Simon, she filed a lawsuit on behalf of her client because of the “conscientious abuse caused by a person who has been given public authority”.
“It was such a strong blow that he had to cut off his blood,” he said, adding that the engineer is still at the hospital.
“This is not a case of self-defense or necessity. The proof is in the pictures we have and the fact that he was not caught at that time.
The engineer, who lives in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, “is still shocked and still asks why” he was injured, the lawyer added.
Paris police chief Laurent Nunez ordered an investigation into the exact nature of the incident as anger grew over what appeared to be a case of excessive force from French police, a longstanding complaint.
The man told Libération newspaper that he is suing “to stop this, because I am not the first person to be saved by the police.”
Government spokesman Olivier Veran told a local reporter that he felt “sympathy” for the young man.
But he emphasized “the need to understand the circumstances in which this tragedy occurred”.
The interior ministry said 80,000 people marched in Paris on Thursday, part of a nationwide protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to increase the retirement age from 62 to 64.
However, the left-wing CGT union said it counted 400,000 protesters in the French capital.
France’s law enforcement agencies have long been fraught with widespread use of violent crime. Police unions argue that their members are often victims of violence by some of the people they are supposed to protect.
The whipping and whipping of 2020 by three rich guards The black musician, Michel Zecler, when he left his studio in Paris was a stimulus for limited change. The most recent change is the appointment of a judge last year to head a group to investigate allegations of police brutality. The police were the first to lead the group.
French President Emmanuel Macron ordered the changes in 2021, saying “we have nothing to fear from greater transparency.”
That same year, French lawmakers passed a “global security” law that strengthened some law enforcement powers. The most controversial article, which previously limited video or other images of security officers, was changed to make it a crime to identify security guards “with the express goal of attacking their physical or mental integrity.” “
Agence France-Presse and Associated Press contributed to this article