France: Police unions protest chokehold ban at Stade de France

Agents of various units and police unions gathered outside the Stade de France stadium in Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Tuesday night to protest a raising wave of critics to the law enforcement following the death of George Floyd and massive demonstrations worldwide. Those on shift and being off duty, wearing the uniform of different units or civilian clothes, the officers staged the united front against the rage of police brutality protesters gaining large popularity in France. The agents can be seen lined up along the stadium fences dumping their handcuffs to express their discontent with the Interior Minister Christophe Castaner's lack of support of his subordinates. SGP Police union representative Linda Kebbab commented on the situation saying «He threw us on pasture making believe the French people, our compatriots, that we are responsible for the deaths in France while our job is to protect them every day, risking our lives and be in contact with the social misery, suffering and violence.» 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 police brutality around the world sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US.

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