France: Paris police continue protesting chokehold ban

Police officers picketed at the Great Arch of La Defense in Paris on Monday evening, in protest against the government's decision to ban chokeholds amid accusations of police racism towards ethnic minorities. The protesters were filmed on the stairs of the Great Arch, dropping handcuffs on the ground, and singing the French anthem. Emmanuel Quemener, Regional Secretary of the Alliance National Police union for Hauts-de-Seine, said, «If there's something wrong in our methods, which have been taught in police schools for years, we must be told so. But we must immediately receive explanations on why it is so, and we must immediately be given alternatives [to our methods] in order to perform our job.» Last Monday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner announced that chokeholds would be banned and no longer be taught in police training in a bid to improve ethics in the police forces, following a wave of protests against racism and anti-police brutality around the world sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US. Since then, police protests against the new government's measures have been taking place in many cities across France.

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