Report: Man loses testicles after being beaten up by Paris police

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PARIS– Doctors amputated the testicle of a young man who was hit in the groin by a police officer during a large demonstration in Paris and plans to file a lawsuit, French daily Liberation quoted him as saying in an article published on Sunday.

The incident came amid an outbreak of violence at a mostly peaceful march on Thursday by tens of thousands of people opposed to a government’s hotly contested pension reform plan. About 1 million people demonstrated in the surrounding cities France this day.

The 26-year-old, identified in the French press as an engineer, said he was allegedly pushed to the ground by an officer while taking photos during a confrontation between some protesters and police. Another officer charged at him and quickly planted his club in the man’s groin.

Video of the incident circulated on social media and French television over the weekend.

Paris Police Chief Laurent Nunez ordered an investigation into the exact circumstances of the incident as outrage grew over what appeared to be a new case of alleged unprovoked violence by French police, a longstanding complaint.

Liberation identified the injured man as Ivan S. and said he told the newspaper he was suing “to stop this because I’m not the first person to face police violence.”

Lucie Simon, a lawyer representing him, said a lawsuit alleging “voluntary violence by an authority figure resulting in mutilation” is already underway, French media quoted her as saying.

French government spokesman Olivier Veran said in an interview with French all-news broadcaster BFM TV on Sunday that he is neither part of the police nor the judiciary, but “my thoughts are obviously with this person”.

French law enforcement agencies have long been peppered with complaints of the excessive use of force. Police unions claim that their members are often victims of violence by the people they are tasked with protecting.

The beating and bludgeoning of a black music producer, Michel Zecler, by three police officers in 2020 as he left his Paris studio was a catalyst for limited reforms. The most recent change was the appointment last year of a judge to head a unit investigating allegations of police abuse. Previously, the police led the unit.

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered changes for 2021, saying “we have nothing to fear from more transparency”.

In the same year, French lawmakers passed a “global security law” that strengthened certain executive powers. The most controversial article, which initially restricted videos or other images of security officers, was watered down to make it a crime to identify security officers “with the apparent aim of attacking their physical or psychological integrity.”

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