Two police officers sentenced for racist remarks on Facebook

Two police officers sentenced for racist comments on Facebook

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PARIS | Two police officers were sentenced on Wednesday in Paris to a three-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 9,000 euros for having published racist messages in 2020 in a Facebook group called “TN Rabiot Official Police”, which has some 8,000 members.  

The Paris prosecutor's office had summoned Patrick C. and Fabrice D-P, a brigadier and a peacekeeper, formerly members of the Facebook group “TN Rabiot Official Police” to appear on April 20, whose existence had been revealed by the information site Streetpress.

The first, Patrick C., a 44-year-old brigadier, was criticized for this comment: “This country has really become the trash can of the world… Full ass really, and one wonders why the French no longer support immigration.

“It continues to come in through all the holes”, he added, referring to “immigration neither chosen nor qualified, nor anything at all”.

The 17th chamber of the court correctional sentenced him for “public insult of a racial nature” to 3 months suspended imprisonment, without mention in the criminal record, following the requisitions of the prosecution.

His remarks are “outrageous and contemptuous of all immigrants”, “likened (…) to waste”, according to the court.

Patrick C. will also have to pay €1 in damages and interests to the three anti-racist associations (Licra, Maison des potes, SOS Racisme) civil parties.

At the hearing, this policeman stationed in the Southwest and without a lawyer had conceded an “emotional” reaction to the attack in Romans-sur-Isère, in April 2020.

The other defendant, Fabrice D-P, a 51-year-old peacekeeper on police availability, did not appear at the hearing: he still appeared on Instagram in recent days as working in a club on an island in the Gulf. from Thailand.

He had been tried for having written “Always the same shit that defies all the taboos in this country. The stinky +lefties+ and the immigrants who don't even have 1/10th of a quarter of that at home. Like Trump! He said lead!”

The prosecutor had requested a “more severe sanction” for him, a fine of 9,000 euros to be paid within 90 days for the second.

The court followed his requisitions and condemned him for “public insult of a racial nature” but also for “public provocation to discrimination”, considering his remarks “outrageous” in that the policeman “assimilated immigrants (.. .) to excrement”.

Fabrice D-P was also ordered to pay €250 to each of the civil parties.

The Minister of the Interior at the time, Christophe Castaner, had reported this group to justice.

Two other police officers heard during the investigation had not been summoned to appear, while two other members of the group, targeted by the prosecution, were not were able to be identified.

If the conviction “satisfies” him, Samuel Thomas, president of the association “La maison des potes”, estimated that “the penalties imposed are not heavy enough against police officers who have a duty to set an example”.

The Licra, via its lawyer Me Yael Scemama, welcomed “clear and reasoned convictions”.