France: Paris police protest chokehold ban and racism accusations

Dozens of police officers rallied at the Champs-Élysées in Paris on a Sunday night in protest against the government's decision to ban chokeholds and accusations of exhibiting racism towards ethnic minorities. Footage shows police vehicles and motorcycles parked at the site while police officers were throwing their handcuffs on the ground. «At this point we are tired of it, we put our fist on the table. We are waiting for the actions and if we do not see any, we will continue our protest, we will continue gathering and probably other actions as well,» a police officer said during the rally. 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 anti-racism and anti-police brutality around the world sparked by the death of George Floyd in the USA. Since then, police protests against the new government's measures have been taking place in many cities across France.

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