The video of the interpellation, showing a police officer punching a man, sparked outrage on social media.

A police official was suspended and the IGPN seized Thursday, the day after the broadcast of a video on social networks in which we see repeatedly hit a man during an arrest in Sevran, Seine-Saint -Denis, announced the Prefecture of Police.

Indignation on social networks

"In order to establish the exact circumstances of this arrest, the Prefect of Police Didier Lallement requested administrative referral from the General Inspectorate of the National Police and ordered the immediate suspension of the police officer", announced the Prefecture of Police ( PP) in a statement.

According to the PP, the altercation took place "Wednesday at 18:25 when a crew of the local security district of Aulnay-sous-Bois proceeded to the arrest, for contempt, of an individual", Avenue Yuri Gagarin in Sevran. The video of the arrest sparked outrage on social networks.


A video has been circulating for a few hours on the RS, there is a violent altercation visibly initiated by a police officer.

The events took place in #Sevran in the early evening, the man tried to defend himself but collapsed by taking a Taser shot.

- Taha Bouhafs (@T_Bouhafs) September 11, 2019

Circumstances to "clear up"

It shows a verbal exchange between a policeman and a young black man before the official throws himself into the legs of the individual to flatten him on the ground. Repulsed, the policeman returns to the charge several times by firing punches, to which the man also responds with punches in a defensive position.

The individual is then arrested after the intervention of a police officer who uses a taser-type electric impulse pistol. His custody was lifted Wednesday night for medical reasons and he was hospitalized, said the prosecutor's office to AFP, without further details. "The circumstances of the arrest must be clarified," it was said.