We talk about the importance of filming the policeman to denounce their violence. The aggression of Michel Zecler, is a good example.
We are the 21th of november in Paris, this the start of the night. A music producer, Michel Zecler is leaving his studio. He isn’t wearing a mask in the street and policemen pass at this moment. And, instead of verbalizing, they hit violently. And after, they enter inside the studio and use tear gas grenades. The policemen were around twenty… for a lonely man who forgot to wear a mask. And they were four or five to hit Michel Zecler, but the other policemen do nothing and don’t speak about this aggression. The agissement of the policemen is completely illegal, but they do this because Michel Zecler is black. So this is a concrete case of police violence and racism in police administration.
The importance to filming police
The aggression of Michel Zecler has done a lot of reactions, and relaunches the discussion about police violence. But, this case relaunches alos the discussion about the right to filming police. Because, this is a neighbour of the studio who filmed the aggression in the street. The images inside the studio from the video surveillance. So if it was prohibited to filming policemen, the aggression of Michel Zecler doesn’t exist for us, because we don’t see the images. And the French Government actually tried to cancel this right with a law. This is the 24th article of the “global security bill”, a project of law to modify the police agissement and the security in France. But this project of law was written by the Interior Minister and with the union police. And these people don’t want to talk about police violence, for them they don’t exist.
Less control of state institution
This law constitutes a big reach in our rights and freedom. And if his project becomes a law, we lose a resource to control the police. Because, without all these images, police violence can’t exist. And if they can’t exist, they can’t be denounced. But the difficulties of filming police exist already. A lot of journalists who cover events are confronted with bullying of policemen when they are filming. For the association for the defence of liberty and the journalist, this project of law is a resource for the French Government to legalise and assume the police violence and the down of our freedom and rights.
So, the right to filming policemen is essential to control them and to denounce police violence. The cancellation of a right like that is the big reach against democracy. This can be another step forward for a “Police State” in France.