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‘He bit me!’: New video emerges of violent arrest

New footage has emerged of the minutes that led up to the moment a police officer struck a woman around the head with his baton and sprayed tear gas in her face. The video appears to place doubt on the officer’s claims that he was bitten by the woman. (VIDEO)

'He bit me!': New video emerges of violent arrest
The moment in the video where a police officer appears to spray tear gas directly into the face of a woman, during an arrest in central France. Photo: NasserTkt/Youtube

Amateur video footage showing a French police officer striking a woman with his baton caused outrage on the web this week and led to the launch of an official investigation.

The eight-minute video which has been watched more than 600,000 times on Youtube, was posted online showing a police officer beating a black woman with a baton, and spraying tear gas directly into her face during an arrest.

The footage, titled (Shame on French police) sparked outrage with some accusing the police of racism and others calling for the immediate suspension of the officers.

Police unions however supported the officer saying he had reacted after being pinned down and bitten three times by the woman.

A new video emerged on Wednesday after being posted online by French news site Mediapart, which shows the minutes preceding the baton strike.

The footage shows the driver, who police said was drunk and had refused to take an breathalyser test, already on the ground as officers tried to handcuff him.

All of a sudden we can hear one of the police officers shout “Argh! He’s bit me!” suggesting it was in fact the driver who bit the officer and not the woman who was later bludgeoned as the police officer had initially claimed.

Interpellation à Joué-les-Tours, le 18 août 2013 par Mediapart

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday confirmed that the Inspectorate-General of the National Police had been informed of the events shown in the video.

Prosecutors in nearby Tours have said they intend to summon the two officers to tell their version of events, with a view to opening a full investigation, according to Le Parisien.

For his part, Valls warned: "There is no place in the police for violence, or views that have no accordance with the ideals of a republican police force."

"The police should be beyond reproach, and the vast majority of police officers do a difficult and remarkable job," Valls was quoted as saying by French daily Libération.

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Video emerges of man in flames after being tasered by French police

A video showing a man engulfed in flames after being tasered by French police in Paris has gone viral in France after being published on social media this week.

The video (see below) dates back to July 2013 but was only posted online this week. 
 
The shocking images, filmed through a body camera worn by a policeman, show the arrest of a man in Place de la Nation, south east Paris.
 
Details around the arrest remain unclear, but it appears the man was already injured from a preceding incident.
 
Police surround the man, who is clearly agitated and resistant to being arrested. After confronting the police, he goads an officer and tells him to taser him. He is then hit with a baton around the legs by another officer.
 
Then the policeman wearing the camera decides to use his taser to fire an electric shock at the man. But at the same time a colleague pulls out a tear gas canister and also targets him. The highly flammable combination of electric charge and tear gas results in the man being briefly engulfed in a ball of flames.
 
(Warning: The images may shock some viewers)
 
 
The officer with the taser panics and repeatedly shouts and swears at his colleagues: “Guys don't use gas! Who fucking gassed him?”
 
The man lies in pain on the ground and shouts and screams until the end of the video as the policeman tries to calm him down.
 
The video was published on Facebook on Tuesday before being deleted. However it was then copied and uploaded to Twitter and then picked up by French media sites.
 
A spokesman for French police told LCI news that the man was not seriously injured in the scuffle. It is understood an internal police investigation was launched but no officer was handed any punishment over the incident.
 
According to reports it wasn't the first time French police had ended up burning a man they were trying to arrest by firing a taser and tear gas at the same time. A similar incident occurred six months earlier in the northern city of Rouen.
 
The video emerges at a sensitive time in relations between French youths and police, who are regularly accused of brutality and using excessive force to arrest suspects.
 
 
This week a French police officer was cleared of responsibility over the death of an environmental activist killed by a stun grenade during a 2014 protest.
 
In 2016 there were protests after a young man Adam Traoré died in police custody and French police sparked riots last year around Paris after a youth had a police baton inserted in his anus as he was arrested.