InvestigationNew images obtained by “Le Monde” shed light on the violent charge carried out by this police commissioner on November 28, 2020 in Paris, during which the Syrian journalist Ameer Al-Halbi was wounded in the face.
It lasts about fifteen seconds and shows the entire load. A video obtained by The world confirms that the same police commissioner clubbed several journalists and wounded Syrian reporter Ameer Al-Halbi in the face, during the March for Freedoms of November 28, 2020, against the “comprehensive security” bill, near the square of the Bastille, in Paris.
This commissioner, that we designate by the letter “P”, directs that day about thirty agents of a BRAV-M (brigade of repression of the motorized violent action). It also benefits from the support of around forty agents from an intervention company of the Paris Police Prefecture and around one hundred agents from a republican security company.
Filmed by a student from a scaffolding, the sequence makes it possible to follow the course of the police officer and to establish a complete assessment of the charge. It also sheds light on additional victims of the police commissioner’s baton blows. Here is the sequence for the first time, in full and at real speed.
To identify and follow the police officer on these images, it is possible to rely on several distinctive elements.
Commissioner P. wears in particular a gray motorcycle helmet, a large rectangular “Police” band on the back and a smaller one on the chest, each being flanked by his rank of commissioner, as well as a set of white clamps on the chest. his right shoulder. These elements can be seen on several other videos shot on the same day, in the same place.
In a few seconds, the video makes it possible to distinguish ten blows carried by the commissioner. Another blow, directed at an individual on the ground and which had already been noted in our video investigation, took place a few meters away and is not visible in these images. Here is the sequence again, digitally stabilized and centered on the police officer’s race.
This video allows to observe two blows of baton which were not visible on the images previously revealed by our research. These blows are carried at face height, on two different people, at the very beginning of the charge (noted “1” and “2” below).
The educational documents on the use of the telescopic baton, however, recommend to aim for the head only in case of“Absolute necessity”. The use of this weapon and of force by the police is, moreover, regulated by the penal code: “The force deployed must be proportionate to the disturbance to be ceased and must end when it has ceased.” “ Here is the sequence again, in slow motion. Each yellow marker represents a blow of the telescopic baton.
These images finally shed light on the case of Syrian journalist Ameer Al-Halbi, seriously injured in the face that day. Our video investigation demonstrated, by cross-checking different camera angles, the responsibility of Commissioner “P.”. This new sequence confirms it, since we can clearly see the blow struck by the official of the Prefecture of Police of Paris on the journalist.
Since the publication of the World, the Paris Police Prefecture refuses to comment on the charge led by this commissioner. The General Inspectorate of the National Police, responsible for investigating the causes of Ameer Al-Halbi’s injuries, conducted a series of hearings.