French police hold protests over violence and racism criticism

Police officers have mounted protests in Paris and other major French cities over a growing debate about violent behaviour and systemic racism in the force - and which has led to a ban on applying chokeholds during arrests - with symbolic displays of throwing their handcuffs to the ground outside police stations.

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Police across France have held symbolic protetsts of throwing their handcuffs to the ground in angry response to claims that they tolerate brutality and racism, reports BBC News.