Police: the strangulation method "will continue to be used" in France

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 15 June 2020 at 21h24 · Updated on 16 June 2020 at 11h36
Strangulation method to be abandoned by the police and the national police force? Not certain. Following the strong announcement of Secretary of the Interior Christophe Castaner to end this method that is dangerous, National police director general has announced on Monday June 15 that the "strangulation method will continue to be used with measure and discernment" while waiting for a new framework.

In an address on Monday June 8, 2020, as an answer to the demonstrations condemning police violence, Christophe Castaner has made several announcements including the end of the strangulation method. These statements cause police officers to be mad as they felt they were not supported by the Minister they ae under the care of.

According to the AFP, natiional police director general Frédéric VEaux sent a note to police officers to tell them that "waiting for a new framework to be set up and as circumstances demand it, the strangulation method will continue to be used with measure and discernment, and will be gradually replaced  as they will be trained [...]" a clear way to calm police officers protesting.

For the record, on Monday June 8, 2020 the Secretary of the Interior said “the French police is not the American police” alluding to George Floyd’s death, he has yet admitted that some practices could be dangerous. He says it is necessary “to make measures because no-one shall risk their own life when being arrested. […] The method grabbing someone by the neck, known as the strangulation method, will be abandoned, and no longer taught in police schools. This is a method that included many dangers. By the way, if a police officer must keep someone on the ground when arresting them, it will be no banned to kneel on their necks”.

He then insisted on the fact that “no racist can proudly wear the badge”. To do so, he asks that “suspension be systematically considered for any justified suspicion of racist words or action”.

The secretary of the Interior reminded that “controlling is a simple checking; this is not grading one’s face. This is not a sanction for a look, or an action led based on the color of skin. This is unbearable. […] If there are still services where the number of ID checks remains a criterion to assess the activity, I demand it to end immediately”.

To fight against racism within the ranks of the forces of order, the minister has asked CCTV cameras to be checked systematically and reminded to police officers they must show their ID number. National police boss Frédéric Veaux says a group of work will think of "another method" starting from Wednesday and deliver conclusions "before September 1".

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