4 French police on Sunday risked being charged over the beating and racial abuse of a black music producer that shocked France and intensified controversy over new safety laws.
Tens of hundreds protested throughout France on Saturday towards the safety Invoice — which might limit the appropriate of the press to publish the faces of on-duty police — with the rally in Paris ending in bitter clashes.
The beating of music producer Michel Zecler — uncovered in video footage revealed final week — has grow to be a rallying trigger for anger towards the police in France, accused by critics of institutionalised racism, together with singling out blacks and Arabs.
The protests in Paris noticed a brasserie set alight, automobiles set on hearth and stones thrown at safety forces, who responded with tear gasoline and anti-riot techniques.
Amongst these damage was an award-winning Syrian photojournalist, Ameer Alhabi.
4 police have been detained over the beating of Mr. Zecler, with three of them particularly probed for utilizing racial violence.