Zecler’s footage, first published Thursday by the French newspaper Loopsider, stunned a nation that was already discussing a controversial provision in a new security law that bans police from enlisting in active duty. The release follows an earlier incident on Thursday in which a Paris police officer was shown on camera beating Afghan refugees as authorities cleared a migrant camp in central Paris.
President Emmanuel Macron said in a Facebook post on Friday that the images of Zecler̵
“I want to know why I was attacked by people who were in police uniforms. In fact, I want justice because I believe in the justice of my country, “Zeckler said in an interview with the Associated Press. He added that he received injuries to his head, legs and forearms.
Three of the officers involved in the incident have been charged with “intentional violence by a person in public authority” as well as falsified statements documenting the incident. The fourth officer was charged only with “intentional violence.” Two of the four were granted parole.
Against the backdrop of growing public criticism following these incidents, the French government seems eager to change the controversial provision, which would ban police filming, in theory, to protect them from harm.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday that the provision, which is still awaiting approval by the French Senate, would be reviewed.