France backtracks from ban on chokeholds by police

first_img“While awaiting a clarification of the new framework and when circumstances require it, the technique known as a chokehold will continue to be used with restraint and discernment,” national police chief Frederic Veaux said in a letter to staff on Monday, seen by AFP.In particular, the technique can be used when a person resists arrest or threatens an officer or other people.Veaux said a commission would be set up on Wednesday to begin working on possible “substitution techniques”, with recommendations due by September 1.Police unions, which have staged angry protests across France that saw officers throw down their handcuffs while rejecting claims of systemic racism or violence, welcomed the reversal. “It’s a step in the right direction, but it won’t be enough to dissipate the anger among the police,” said Patrice Ribeiro, head of the Synergie-Officiers union.”It’s a note that comes late but is welcome,” agreed Yves Lefebvre of the Unite-SGP-FO union.Police forces in several countries are debating the continued use of chokeholds, as protesters call for reforms in the wake of Floyd’s death, the latest in a series of black Americans killed in police custody.This month, the state of New York adopted a chokehold ban among several laws aimed at ending excessive force by officers.In France, the protests have coalesced around the case of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man who died at a police station shortly after his arrest in 2016.Traore’s family claim he was suffocated as officers held him down, an accusation that medical assessments ordered by French investigators have rejected. Prosecutors said this month that the inquiry was still going on. The French government has suspended a ban on chokeholds by the police, a technique that has been widely denounced by Black Lives Matter activists at rallies against racism.The ban was announced last week after demonstrations spurred by the death of George Floyd in the US, a black man who pleaded “I can’t breathe” as an officer kneeled on his neck.But the move sparked furious protests from police unions, who said the long-used technique was essential for ensuring officers’ safety, and accused the government of failing to appreciate the perils of their work.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Area Football Friday Scores (9-22)

first_imgArea Football Friday Scores.Week #6  (9-22)Lawrenceburg  34     Batesville  27East Central  34     South Dearborn  0Milan  75     Edinburgh  0Franklin County  38     Greensburg  28Oldenburg  33     Trinity Lutheran  20Eastern Hancock  38     North Decatur  21Park Tudor  37     South Decatur  2Connersville  61     Indy Broad Ripple  18Lapel  42     Rushville  12Switz. County  16     Trimble County  6Cambridge City Lincoln  12     Union County  8Bedofrd North Lawrence  60     Jennings County  27New Albany  37     Madison  0last_img read more

VIDEO: Florida Teacher Physically Removes Student From Class

first_imgAn alarming incident caught on camera of a Florida teacher physically removing the 14 year old student from his classroom at Palm Coast Middle School.Jeffrey Paffumi was arrested this week for the incident at Buddy Taylor Middle School, some of which was captured on cell phone video by a student.The student’s father tells WESH he wanted to press charges immediately after seeing the footage.According to the arrest report, the student admitted to calling the teacher a racial slur. Investigators say the teacher said the student was playing music from his computer and refused to turn it off. He also said the student slapped his hand away before he attempted to remove him from the classroom.The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office says Paffumi removed the 14-year-old from his chair, carried him out of the class, and shoved him down the hall. The 47-year-old teacher was hit with a battery charge. Officials say Paffumi has been in trouble with the law before. He was also charged with criminal mischief and battery in 2012. Paffumi has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.last_img read more