September 19, 2021

A French police officer has been convicted of assaulting a British worker in Calais.

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A French court on Thursday sentenced a riot police officer to 18 months in prison for attacking a British refugee aid worker during an operation in Calais.

The court in the coastal town of Bologna-Sir-Mir also barred Sergeant Laurent M. from serving for two years on the events of July 31, 2018.

He also accused her of giving false evidence about the incidents but cleared two other junior officers who had backed up her account.

The northern port of Callis It is an important crossing point for migrants trying to reach the UK, with informal camps set up regularly to ensure a permanent influx of people traveling to England on trucks crossing the Channel. Hope.

Several British refugee support groups are active in the area.

The three CRS riot police officers were part of a team deployed to evacuate the migrants from near Ring Road around Kallis.

An altercation ensued with a group of British volunteers, during which Laurent M. knocked Tom Svetkowski, a council worker from Stratford, who was volunteering with Avon. Help refugees. Group, on the ground.

Police claimed that Ciotkowski “pushed in the chest” and called him a “bitch bastard”, the officer insisted on retreating in his defense and forced the two men to fall down a security barrier.

Ciotkowski was arrested and charged in connection with the incident, but was cleared of any wrongdoing in his 2019 trial based on a video showing the attack without provocation.

The footage showed him falling to the ground alone, near the path of an oncoming truck.

Laurent M.’s 18-month suspended sentence was more severe than the one-year suspended sentence sought by the prosecution.

One of the two co-accused escaped with reprimand while the other escaped disciplinary action.

Prosecutor Dorothy Pierre told the court in Bologna-sur-Mir that she had a “consensus feeling” that officers had lied.Hide acts of violence. And justify a painful arrest “(Ciotkowski)

(AFP)

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