France Rises Up After Police Beat Black Man

In Paris and other cities in France, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets on Saturday, November 28, to demonstrate against the government’s proposed law to restrict freedoms and protect the cops.

On Saturday, November 28, dozens of demonstrations took place across France to denounce the Emmanuel Macron government’s new security bill, which would seriously curtail freedoms in the country, and against a new case of police violence in which three cops brutally beat a Black music producer. The mobilization in Paris was particularly large. More than 100,000 demonstrators marched from the Place de la République to the Bastille. Protesters came from the entire political and trade union Left, and included an important contingent from the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA). Several groups that fight police violence were also present, including the Justice and Truth for Adama Committee.[ . . . ]

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The nurse arrested during a demonstration in Paris will be tried for “contempt” and “violence”

The nurse arrested Tuesday during the Parisian defense demonstration of the public hospital came out of police custody Wednesday June 17 in the afternoon with a summons to the criminal court for September 25, announced on Wednesday the prosecution of Paris This 50-year-old woman, who will be tried for “contempt” and “violence without total interruption of work (ITT)” on a person holding public authority, admitted the facts during her police custody.

During her hearing, this 50-year-old nurse working at the Paul-Brousse hospital in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne) admitted that she threw stones at the police, according to a source familiar with the matter. ‘Agence France-Presse (AFP). But, she said, her anger was not directed at the police but at the state. She said she fell apart.

The nurse told, still according to this close source, the harshness of her profession, working days from ten hours to fourteen hours at the height of the epidemic of Covid-19, the death of twenty patients during this period, its presence with them, his fatigue and a positive serology to the virus. A support rally was held for 16 hours in front of the police station of the 7 th  arrondissement, where she had been placed in custody.

Highly shared videos on social networks

Questioned by the press on Wednesday after the Council of Ministers, the government spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, justified this arrest which “follows a jet of projectiles made by this lady”, she said, and ”  was carried out taking into account the previously known behavior” of this woman. She, however, declined to comment on the way in which the nurse was arrested, adding that the government condemned “firmly” the disorders caused by “thugs” and “black blocks” at the end of the Paris demonstration .

Several videos of the nurse’s arrest were taken up on social networks. We see a woman wearing a white blouse arrested unceremoniously by the police when scuffles broke out when the procession arrived on the Esplanade des Invalides. The nurse asked for her Ventoline, a medicine used by people with asthma.

Other videos show the same person throwing projectiles at the police a few minutes earlier. “A woman, a nurse by profession, was arrested for contempt and throwing projectiles at the police,” a police source told AFP on Tuesday.

“I was not there, and it appears, taking into account the images, that this arrest followed the criminal acts carried out by this lady,” repeated Ms. Ndiaye. “A police officer hit by one of these projectiles will file a complaint,” Wednesday said a police source.

The Prefecture of Police reported thirty-two arrests linked to these scuffles. Clashes between thugs and police also took place in Lille, on the sidelines of the procession in which the outgoing mayor, Martine Aubry (PS) participated, but also in Toulouse and Nantes.

Source: The nurse arrested during a demonstration in Paris will be tried for “contempt” and “violence”

Can Trump ‘deploy the military’ to quell protests over George Floyd’s death?

US President Donald Trump suggested on Monday that he might use federal troops to end the protests that have erupted nationwide following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in Minneapolis police custody. But to do so, Trump would need to formally invoke rarely used statutes known as the Insurrection Act. 

“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” Trump said during brief remarks at the White House on Monday.

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Was it said in 1967 or 2020?

Answer: Both

Twitter said early Friday that a post by President Donald Trump about the protests overnight in Minneapolis glorified violence because of the historical context of his last line: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
The phrase was used by Miami’s police chief, Walter Headley, in 1967, when he addressed his department’s “crackdown on … slum hoodlums,” according to a UPI article from the time.

Police violence: “What Camélia Jordana says is obvious, it is the astonishment she meets which is astonishing”

Invited to France 2 on Saturday May 23, the singer and actress Camélia Jordana denounced the police violence at work in France, arousing a very hostile reaction from the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner but also from several police unions. Documentary filmmaker and writer David Dufresne, specialist in police violence, returns to the Inrockuptibles on this sequence and what it says about maintaining order today in France.

What did you think of the intervention of Camélia Jordana, who explained on France 2 that “there are thousands of people (including herself) who do not feel safe in the face of a cop”  ?

David Dufresne – I think she expresses the obvious, and what is surprising is the astonishment that her intervention provides: for the past thirty years, we have witnessed a confrontation between the police and part of the population , brutalization of this confrontation. Police violence is today a subject of society and, in a certain way, the sequence of Saturday evening is a bit the coronation of that: that a program as harmless as ONPC addresses this question is all the same the sign that there is a real debate that must open. For years now, Continue reading “Police violence: “What Camélia Jordana says is obvious, it is the astonishment she meets which is astonishing””