After a week of massive demonstrations in the United States and some European countries amid the killing of George Floyd, an African American, the French government announced that the police had stopped using bottlenecks when arresting people.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that using choking places – which he described as applying pressure on a person’s neck or throat – was a “dangerous method” and would no longer be taught in police training.
“I hear the criticism, and I hear a strong cry against hate,” Castner added, referring to the “Black Lives Matter” protests that took place in several major French cities last week.
He continued: “Racism has no place in our society, not in our republic.”
The French capital, Paris, has witnessed during the past days mass demonstrations under the slogan “Black Lives Matter” to condemn racism and the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis.
French demonstrators also demanded justice for Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man who died in police custody after fleeing an identity check outside Paris four years ago.
His sister, Asa Traore, said the police told her that his last words were “I can’t breathe,” echoing Floyd’s last words.
Castaner mentioned Traore’s case in his remarks, saying that French President Emmanuel Macron asked the Minister of Justice for information.