French cop caught on CCTV forcing bar owner to kiss his feet

A high-ranking French police officer has been caught on camera forcing the owner of a bar on the outskirts of Paris to kiss his boots.

French cop caught on CCTV forcing bar owner to kiss his feet
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The bar in Le Bourget commune 10km from central Paris had been under police surveillance for nearly two years when the incident took place, French magazine Le Point revealed.

Police in the Ile-de-France department suspected the owner was using the bar as a front for drug trafficking and prostitution, based on a tip they were given.

But after two years of investigation, officers were unable to find any incriminating evidence, an apparent reason to take out their frustrations on Le Bourget’s staff.

“When I took over, I put an end to the bad habits of uniformed “customers” who used to eat without worrying about paying the bill,” the bar’s young manager told Le Point, adding that the practice is common among police in the department.

The drinking hole’s proprietor had also taken the allegations of drug trafficking seriously, installing a CCTV system with cameras scanning every nook and cranny of the premises for any illicit business. 

But these same security cams ended up filming another questionable incident on July 19, involving the Police Commissioner and his squadron.

Footage shows the men in blue conducting a search as three of the officers grappled with the owner and other police put the bar’s customers against the wall and frisked them. 

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According to reports, the Police Commissioner reacted angrily to being insulted by the manager. 

The high-ranking official then forced the manager to get on his hands and feet and kiss his feet as a means of apology for the insult, an uncomfortable scene caught on CCTV.

The bar manager went ahead with the humiliating act as one of the commissioner’s henchmen leaned over him, threating to hit whip him with a belt if he didn’t accept the punishment. 

“I had no choice but to kiss his feet,” Le Bourget’s owner regrets.

“I’m being harassed and the authorities are doing nothing.

“I reported all the actions of the Chief Police Commissioner of Police. For nothing. 

“I don’t want to end up like this bookstore owner in Le Bourget who suffered a similar situation for ten years and ended up closing down.

“Seine-Saint-Denis isn’t the Wild West,” he concluded. 

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The bar manager has since filed a complaint at the nearby Bobigny High Court (seen above) against the Police Commissioner and another case suggested by his lawyer for alleged “threats and intimidation in order to dissuade a victim from filing a complaint”.

Luckily for the bar manager, all the evidence he needs is on those CCTV recordings.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”