Calais police violence over migrants – CNN investigation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators in France used plastic bullets and batons to contain the migrants A CNN investigation shows how French police used force in clashes in Calais in 2015 and 2016…

Calais police violence over migrants - CNN investigation

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators in France used plastic bullets and batons to contain the migrants

A CNN investigation shows how French police used force in clashes in Calais in 2015 and 2016 to stop migrants trying to enter the UK.

The four-year investigation reveals that some of the migrants – referred to as refugees and migrants – were armed with fake weapons, knives and other implements.

The footage and interviews also show some police officers stopped young children in their pushchairs.

A French police inquiry is under way into a claim that “extra-judicial deaths” have taken place.

According to the report, CNN learnt what happened to the migrants as a result of a leaked video and audio recording.

According to the report, the victim is a 32-year-old Somali migrant and mother who was killed at Calais on 2 August 2015.

Reuters also used undisclosed documents, video footage and interviews with the migrant’s father and uncle, who gave evidence to the French police inquiry launched into his son’s death.

The article states that the mother and her friend were shot by police with rubber bullets and two stun grenades.

Video footage, according to the report, shows how her friend flees the scene and falls back inside the tent, where a 14-year-old boy lies motionless.

Video shows how paramedics found this boy to be cold to the touch. He had wounds around his neck and his face.

The cousin of the boy says he was killed by police after falling to the ground during a seizure.

The Amnesty International says evidence of police killings “drives a destructive wedge between refugees and migrants on the one hand, and the French government, police and politicians on the other”.

Gilles Dejean, the head of Amnesty International France, said: “We have proven here that police killings of people who are fleeing persecution amount to murder.

“We find that this systematic policy not only prevents refugees from reaching Britain but in particular from accessing asylum, and also leaves them extremely vulnerable to further violence in a place that many wrongly believe is welcoming to them.”

The French government, CNN notes, has said that “proportionate use of force is necessary to protect life”.

CNN also interviewed refugees with grave injuries that it says were consistent with having been beaten or shot by police.

CNN also cites people familiar with the investigation who say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head with a pellet gun – not rubber bullets – during a protest in December 2016.

The boy was found dead in a footpath – not on the road as originally reported – in Calais.

The BBC understands the French and British governments in London say the case remains under investigation.

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