French territory: The most unsustainable injustices are accumulating. An example from Toulouse.
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This is the story of Gérald, 32 years old, who manifests for the first time on January 19. After seeing the serious violence committed by the police in his city, he brought a simple laser to the demonstration. He pointed it at the police officers who were shooting Flash-Balls. To dazzle them. “I had seen on the social networks that the police were shooting with their flash-balls at demonstrators,” he explains. And then he targetetted the helicopter, which flew over the city to monitor and record the demonstrators. A helicopter is expensive, useless and annoying.
Photographed, followed, filmed by a thermal camera, Gérald was arrested. He was locked up, and tried immediately by the court. At the hearing, the gendarmes who were in the helicopter loaded it to the maximum. They claimed that a simple laser could have crashed their helicopter. If they are right, there are very serious concerns about the safety of millions of people in cities overflown by such fragile devices every week. If they lie, it’s for the pleasure of overwhelming a demonstrator. Moreover, they are asking for a lot of money, for “moral prejudice”.
In any case, Gerald did not commit any violence. He was accused on the basis of police testimony, of potentially running a risk that did not materialize. But exceptional justice is being done to this man, who has a clean record. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, including one year in prison (18 months suspended enforcement, EIE) . He went straight behind bars. As an example. To scare everyone else. For a beam of light towards the sky.
Lasers, we sometimes see them in demonstrations. Some police officers put them on the barrel of their weapons to make sure they hit their targets. Often, these police officers, like their colleagues, aim their guns at peoples heads. Rubber bullets explode an eye, a jaw, a nose, a skull. They mutilate for life. 18 demonstrators have lost an eye in the past month and a half due to their shooting. Broken lives.
Unlike Gérald, police officers who aim their weapons at the heads of people and cause serious injuries are not worried. There is total impunity. Better still, they, like all their colleagues, received a big bonus from the government.
Free Gerald, and all others!
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