Police unit in Paris suburbs disbanded over extorsion, theft scandal

A French police brigade based in the Seine-Saint-Denis département (county) that rings north-east Paris has been disolved after four of its officers were placed under investigation on Thursday for alleged extorsion, theft, and posession of drugs, and three of them for violence, while further investigations are underway into other accusations against members of the unit.

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The Paris police chief is disbanding a special police unit in a poor suburb of the French capital after four officers were brought before a judge on Thursday for "particularly serious" accusations involving theft, drug possession and extorting money from drug dealers, reports The Minneapolis Star Tribune.