A police commander was sentenced to four months in prison for having gassed a quadriplegic in a wheelchair during a demonstration of yellow vests, March 2, 2019. The General Inspectorate of the National Police was seized.
On the basis of a video posted on social networks, a police commander was sentenced, on November 27, 2020 in Toulouse, to four months suspended prison sentence for having gassed a quadriplegic in a wheelchair during act 16 of the Vests yellow, March 2, 2019. The protester, who was trying to recover a protective mask, received tear gas in his face at close range.
This case shows that video is essential in the context of a trial involving a police officer
“This case shows that the video is essential in the context of a trial involving a police officer”, reacted to AFP the victim’s lawyer, Claire Dujardin.
This police officer, who headed the Toulouse Security and Intervention Company, tore off the gas mask worn by a disabled person in a wheelchair to protect himself. While the latter had brought his motorized chair closer to the police officer to ask him to return his mask to him, the official had gassed him at close range with a tear gas canister. “The video was taken by a citizen on his balcony and it is thanks to its distribution on social networks that the public prosecutor of Toulouse seized the IGPN [Inspection générale de la police nationale]», Commented Claire Dujardin.
Referring to the scandal surrounding the violent arrest by police officers of a music producer in a Parisian studio on November 21, the lawyer considered that “broadcasting is as important as filming” in such cases, while the controversy surrounding article 24 of the Global Security Act – which notably provides for penalizing the “malicious” dissemination of the image of police and gendarmes – continues to rage.