The prefect of police referred to the disciplinary council three police officers from a unit of the brigades for the repression of violent action motorcyclists (BRAV-M) who had threatened and humiliated young people arrested in Paris at the end of March. Four other officials were sanctioned with a warning, the police headquarters reported Monday, June 5 to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
“The Prefecture of Police confirms that it follows the recommendations of the General Inspectorate of the National Police [IGPN] »she added, confirming information from BFM TV.
In the conclusions of its administrative investigation handed down at the beginning of May, the “police of police” accused the civil servants of one or more breaches, including the duty to set an example, the obligation of courtesy towards the public, the violation to the credit of the national police and the duty to protect the person arrested.
The warning is a disciplinary sanction of the first group, the lowest in the public service, and is not the subject of any mention in the file of the agent. Before a disciplinary board, police officers potentially incur heavier penalties, from temporary exclusion for one day to dismissal, which is much rarer.
Judicial investigation still ongoing
On the night of March 20 to 21, members of BRAV-M arrested seven young demonstrators, suspected of having taken part in degradations in a wild procession in the center of Paris. One of the arrested had then discreetly recorded the exchanges with the police.
“The next time we come, you won’t get on the bus to go to the police station, you’ll get on another thing called an ambulance to go to the hospital”notably threatens a police officer against a Chadian student, Souleyman Adoum Souleyman, particularly targeted by the officials in the recording.
In reports to their hierarchy of BRAV-M agents who intervened on the evening of the events, obtained by Agence France-Presse, they pleaded “physical and moral fatigue”. A judicial investigation, also entrusted to the IGPN, is still underway in this case.