Police in Champigny-sur-Marne, France, had to intervene when two police violently assaulted as part of African immigrants New Year celebrations, (but hey, we have to respect multiculturalism, right?)
The police had intervened to break up a rowdy gang of young immigrants who had tried to gatecrash a private party. Two officers, one female, became separated from the main force and were beaten by dozens of people.
According to eye witness reports broadcast by RTL Television news and in several newspapers, reinforcements quickly reached the scene, and riot police "used stun grenades and mace sprays to disperse the rioters." Several vehicles, including two fire appliances and civil security vehicles, were wrecked by the mob. The police went in mob - handed and several rioters were arrested and placed in police custody on Monday, 1 January.
Images shown on social networks shockingly violent behaviour of the mob, mostly men of African appearance. Shortly before officers broke up the attack, video footage shows a young policewoman being beaten to the ground and kicked around the head and body by several males. When the riot squad arrive they appear to be trying to lynch her.
"The two policemen are attacked by the group, which breaks the nose of one of the police officers and who assaults the policewoman, who suffers concussions in the face," said a police source. The officers were prescribed ten and seven days of Total Incapacity of Work (ITT).
The attack, which provoked a wave of indignation on social networks on Monday, made President Emmanuel Macron react on Twitter: the president promised that the people "guilty of the cowardly and criminal lynching of the police" would be "found and punished". "Honor to the police and full support to all the officers basely attacked," tweeted the head of state.
Interior Minister Gerard Collomb claimed on the same social network to have spoken with the police assaulted. "Everything is done so that the cowardly perpetrators of these unspeakable acts are apprehended and condemned.Tackling our security forces is to attack our Republic," he wrote.