“We need citizen control over the police,” says MP Aurélien Taché

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A figure on the left wing of the majority, Aurélien Taché, MP La République en Marche (LRM) from Val-d’Oise, calls on the government to adapt its policy for maintaining order.

Death of a man during a simple roadside check, demonstrators struck on the ground, close-range shooting with the defense ball launcher (LBD)… Do the police demonstrate a disproportionate use of force at the moment ?

France is facing a rise in violent behavior – both on the side of the demonstrators and the police – since the mobilization against the El Khomri law in 2016, with the appearance of black blocks at the head of the procession. This ramp-up continued with the “yellow vests” movement in 2018, with overflows on both sides.

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The problem is that more recently, police violence has continued during protests against pension reform, even though there has been much less violence against police, thanks to law enforcement. unions that have managed to contain much of the overflow. This makes police violence unbearable and much more incomprehensible.

Today, the State must provide new responses to this ultra-minority phenomenon which, each time it occurs, brings back to our police a suspicion on the part of our fellow citizens, which is extremely dangerous in the long term for social cohesion.

How to remedy the loss of confidence of certain citizens towards the police?

On a daily basis, the police are doing a wonderful job in protecting the French against insecurity and terrorism. It’s an undeniable fact. But in the face of recent events, the first answer to be given is first to name things: in a certain number of cases, it is indeed characterized police violence. It must be said.

In a democracy, people need to trust their police. In order to rebuild this bond of trust, it is therefore necessary to clearly name police violence. If we suggest that we minimize this problem by not naming it, it risks spilling over to the entire police institution. It would be unfair to the vast majority of police officers, who are absolutely exemplary and flawless in their work.

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Secondly, while it is obviously necessary to impose sanctions against police officers who have committed blunders, it is also necessary to reflect in depth on the measures to be taken to ensure that this does not happen again in the future. There are many avenues to explore …


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