December 8, 2019
You sometimes have to sit back and wonder if the French police’s constant exposure to extreme levels of vibrancy is directly responsible for their sky-high suicide rates.
A group of youths aged between 19 and 24 were handed sentences between 10 and 20 years for attempting to burn two police officers alive in their patrol vehicle in 2016.
Thirteen youths appeared at the Assize Court of Essonne, with eight of them sentenced to between 10 and 20 years for attempted murder and five others acquitted, broadcaster Franceinfo reports.
The attack on the police officers took place in Viry-Châtillon in 2016 in the Grande Borne district, one of the region’s most “sensitive areas”, when a group of around 20 youths attacked the officers while they were in their vehicles.
The officers involved were badly burned as a result of the attack that saw the assailants break their vehicle’s windows and throw a molotov cocktail inside the car. Two other officers were wounded by rocks during the incident, as well.
French police unions reacted to the sentences saying that they felt they were too light. The national delegate of the union Unit SGP-Police Linda Kebbab argued that the attackers should have been given life sentences.
“This message is incomprehensible to all police officers. When attempting to kill a police officer, it is normally life imprisonment. Today justice sentenced people between 10 and 20 years for trying to burn humans alive,” Kebbab said.