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France: Shootings, killings and alleged ill-treatment by law enforcement officers

, Index number: EUR 21/002/1994

This report examines a disturbing number of reports in the 18 months to June 1994 of shootings, killings and allegations of ill-treatment of detainees by law-enforcement officers. A high proportion of the alleged victims were of non-European ethnic origin, mostly from the Maghreb, the Middle East and Central and West Africa. Alleged physical and sexual abuse was reportedly often accompanied by specifically racist insults as well as general verbal abuse. AI believes that officers have used force recklessly and without due respect for the law. The organization identifies serious problems in the practice of law enforcement and makes specific recommendations to the authorities to remedy these. Twelve individual cases of shooting and killing by law-enforcement officers are described.

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