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Shocking Video Shows French Police Officer Brutally Beating Woman

The video quickly went viral, sparking outrage in France.

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French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the case after the video posted by a user, Nasser tkt, caused many French observers to condemn the officer's actions.

However, a police union told AFP that the officer had responded after being pinned down by the woman and bitten three times.

The Local reported:

"The video may seem shocking but we don't know the context," Gaelle James of France's second-largest police union, Synergie Officiers, told AFP.

"He clubbed her to get away," James said. "He had to intervene under very difficult conditions. We cannot forget that violence against the police is increasing. This doesn't shock me."

This is the video.

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