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2015, Black Man Died, And A French Court Found Police Responsible

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Three police officers were found guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday by a French court in connection with the 2015 killing of a Black man in Paris. Each was given a 15-month jail term with a suspended sentence, the judge declared. Officers in a pub put Amadou Koume in a chokehold put him in a prone position with his hands behind his back and left him there for more than six minutes before he passed away.

According to a medical expert who testified in court during the trial, Koume, whose name has become a protest slogan against police brutality in some areas, passed away from delayed “mechanical asphyxia.” After the decision, Eddy Arneton, a lawyer representing the Koume family, said to reporters, “To hear the word ‘guilty’ is pleasant, yet the sentence is quite lenient. Koume was restrained with required and appropriate force, according to the prosecutor, but the officers were careless in leaving him there. The prosecutor had asked for a one-year suspended sentence.

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