There Marseillaise, the French anthem, sung under the triumphal arch, and then a small procession with the sirens on. And again handcuffs thrown on the ground, in protest. It is the manifestation of police of Paris, which on Saturday 13 June, after the demonstrations that took place across France against racism and law enforcement violence and after the death of several African Americans around the world, took to the streets to express anger at the words of the Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner. Castaner in recent days had promised “zero tolerance” against police discrimination, announcingor the ban on “tightening around the neck”, that is, that which led to the death of George Floyd, which has become the symbolic case of protests, and punishments for cases of “suspected racism”.
The police, the union explained, was expecting “Support” from the minister, and therefore not such a strong stance. Already in recent days the agents had taken to the streets, stressing that the category “is the most controlled in the world” and that if “there are episodes concerning a minority must not stigmatize the entire police force “. After the first protests, the minister received the unions on Friday, confirming the ban on the “strangulation” technique, but taking a step back on immediate suspension in the event of “suspected racism”. In any case, the unions explain, as we read in the French media, Castaner’s statements “risks losing the trust” of the forces of order.