Europe More controversy over cops in minority neighborhoods – but in France

Two police officers were found not guilty of responsibility for the deaths of a pair of teens in 2005. Ethnic minorities say the decision was emblematic of the sort of abuse they receive from French police.

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A courthouse was the chosen spot for protesters to gather, and a black banner was promptly tied between two posts. In yellow the words screamed, “The Police Kill, the Justice Department Acquits.” One man put “Let’s Disarm the Police” stickers across an overpass. Three activists unfurled a sign reading, “We will not forget,” while the trucks and cars passing underneath beeped their horns.