Paris bus driver 'beaten up by police officers'


On the face of it, the incident looked like yet another regrettable but sadly all-too common attack on a bus company employee. But in the middle of the assault on the 35-year-old in central Paris, one of the two assailants pulled out his warrant card and told onlookers he was a police officer. The police complaints authority is now investigating. However, as Louise Fessard reports, despite the attack being captured on video surveillance cameras and the fact that the attackers are readily identifiable, no arrests have yet been made.

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On Friday November 30th 2012 a bus driver in Paris was attacked by two motorcyclists. On the surface this may seem like just another of the all-too common attacks that take place on employees of the state-owned transport operators the Régie Autonome des Transports or RATP.  But this was no ordinary assault. Halfway through the incident one of the driver’s aggressors brandished a police warrant card and the affair is now being investigated by the police complaints authority in Paris, the Inspection générale des services or IGS. The evidence suggests the bus driver was attacked by two plain-clothed police officers and that four other officers who arrived at the scene did little or nothing to come to the victim's aid.