Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- On Thursday (26 November), French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin ordered the suspension of four police officers involved in the brutal beating of a music producer in a Paris studio. A video of the incident showing police officers repeatedly punching the Black man and using batons was posted by a news site, sparking widespread condemnation.
The video clip, published by a popular French website, shows the violent arrest of music producer Michel Zecler last Saturday.
According to the police officers' written declarations, Zecler first drew their attention because he was not wearing a mask out on the street, French media reported. Wearing face masks is mandatory in Paris outdoors amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The incident came as the Macron government is pursuing a new bill that will limit the ability to film and post videos of police. This has prompted protests from civil rights groups and journalists concerned that it would allow police brutality to go undiscovered and unpunished.