American Charged for torching French police car
A 27 year old American was charged with attempted murder of two French police officers after he pitched a firebomb inside a police car during a riot in Paris on May 18.
As the car filled with smoke, the officer exited his vehicle and briefly fought off assailants. He then walked away in disgust as the car burst into flames. The officer was hospitalized, and later given a special award by the Interior Minister. His female partner was slightly injured.
The suspect’s name was not released, and the American Embassy had no comment on the incident.
Labor issues and police hatred
Police in 60 cities across France took to the streets on May 18 to protest anti-police hatred. In Paris, however, a counter-demonstration by anti-police protesters turned violent. The anti-police crowd claimed that the police themselves cause the violence because they use tear gas and riot batons against the crowds. (???)
Calling police the problem
The Daily Mail reported,
In the capital, protesting officers faced counter-protesters, who said the police themselves were instigating the violence, after which at least one police car was set on fire.
A few hundred officers gathered on the Place de la Republique in Paris, after which several hundred counter-demonstrators came by, chanting slogans like ‘Everybody hates the police!’ and pushing up against the officers until eventually the police deployed pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
Some counter-protesters set fire to a police car in a street nearby.