France: Police officers protest against ban on chokehold arrests

Police officers were filmed throwing their handcuffs on the ground outside a police station in Seine-Saint-Denis prefecture, outside Paris, on Thursday in protest against the government's decision to ban chokehold arrests. On Monday, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner described chokehold as a 'dangerous method' and announced that police will no longer be able to use them when making arrests. «Today you have a minister who throws us into the media, implying that there are systemic violence and racism,» said one of police officers, Erwan Guermeur. He continued: «The only feeling he managed to create in officers is anger, and disgust because now we have policemen who have lost their faith, unfortunately.» The decision to ban chokehold was made in the wake of worldwide protests against racism and police brutality, in response to George Floyd's killing at the hands of police two weeks ago.

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