Racist aggression and insults in Val-d'Oise: an open investigation


UAn investigation was opened Monday the day after the assault on a delivery man in front of a restaurant in Cergy-Pontoise (Val-d’Oise), and threats and racist insults made by the alleged assailant against a resident filming the scene, said the police of the department. According to the first elements of the investigation, a black delivery man from Uber Eats was assaulted Sunday evening while recovering an order, indicates a police source. He was taken care of by firefighters and presented “several wounds”. He filed a complaint, continues this source.

A woman who witnessed the altercation filmed the alleged assailant from her window, who then took her to task. In videos posted on social networks, we hear the man utter racist insults. He declares in particular “you kind of negress, kind of dirty black (…), for 800 years you were sold like cattle”. “Identifications are in progress,” said the Pontoise prosecutor’s office. The woman also filed a complaint, said the Cergy-Pontoise police station in charge of the investigation.

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For Dominique Sopo, president of SOS Racisme, “the words of the aggressor are a demonstration of the permanence of the degraded vision of this or that population – here the blacks assimilated to descendants of slaves and animalized – that History has bequeathed “. At the call of the collective of the Anti-Negrophobia Brigade, nearly 150 people gathered on Monday afternoon in front of the “Brasco”, the restaurant where the attack took place, according to a police source.

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“We are just as shocked as you and strongly condemn this kind of talk that goes against the philosophy of our restaurant,” wrote the establishment in a message posted Monday on Facebook. After the broadcast of several videos calling for the assailant to be found, the police asked “not to relay hateful testimonies and to let the investigation unfold”.


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