More than 200 police officers gathered Friday evening in front of the Bataclan in Paris, a symbolic place of the attacks of 13-November, to protest against accusations of police violence and racism against their profession, and denounce a lack of support from the ministry of the interior.
Several dozen vans, motorcycles, and cars blocked the street in front of the concert hall at around 23: 30, found an AFP journalist. In civilian clothes or in uniform, weapon belt, the police have filed their handcuffs in silence on the floor, before you sing a Marseillaise as a sign of protest.
“It refutes the accusations of violence and pseudo-racism “, blew one of the participants, under the cover of anonymity. “We do not understand to have been acclaimed at the time of the attacks and to be singled out today. “
During the attacks of 13 November 2015, two police officers of the BAC (brigade tasked with fighting crime) had been the first to respond to the Bataclan and had killed one of the assailants.
“Our hierarchy let us down “
The officials present on Friday have also denounced a lack of support from the ministry of the interior.
“Our hierarchy let us down by grazing on the public highway “said a police officer from Val-de-Marne, came for the occasion. “They ask us many things, they do not give us means and after they spit on it. (…) They want to have us remove key bottlenecks, but what is the alternative ? If it is done on someone, it is that this person is not very docile. “
The minister of the interior, Christophe Castaner, must face the wrath of police officers since his speech of June 8, during which he announced the end of the teaching of a method of questioning the so-called “stranglehold” (its use has, however, been maintained in anticipation of the establishment of a new immobilization technique).
“You are entitled to use force “
Several gatherings of police officers have occurred in the past two weeks, including in the Ile-de-France, like in front of the Arc de Triomphe, with deposits of handcuffs in the guise of symbolic protest. Many agents complain that the minister does not support them sufficiently against the charges “police violence “ and “racism “ in their ranks.
During a trip to the national school of police of Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’or, the minister insisted Friday on “respect “ due to the police and has reinsured its support. “We will be there to defend your honor, every time he is attacked (…) you are not alone, he launched several new officers and commissioners at the end of training. When you resist, when you are attacked, you are justified in using force. You will use it always with discretion and proportionality, but without the fear to accomplish your mission. “