Trial of Farida C.: the nurse accused of "contempt" sentenced to a suspended fine

Prosecuted for having thrown pieces of asphalt on police officers during a demonstration of caregivers in Paris in June, a hospital nurse was sentenced on September 14 to a suspended fine of 1,000 euros.

Farida C., 51, was sentenced for “fingers of honor” and “violence which did not result in temporary incapacity for work” against several persons in public authority. However, this conviction will not be entered in his criminal record, which therefore remains blank.

She will have to pay 100 and 200 euros in damages to two police officers, civil parties in the case, for moral damage. On the other hand, the caregiver was released from the heads of “violent resistance” and “outrages”. An “unexpected” decision, commented his lawyer Arié Alimi.

Justice recognizes our suffering

Two months’ suspended prison sentence was required during his trial on February 22, marked by the mobilization of dozens of support, both inside and outside the Paris court.

“Justice recognizes our suffering, […] heard our exasperation ”, welcomed Farida C.,“ very satisfied ”with this decision.

“We must fight together to save the public service and not alone, it was not very effective”, she conceded, speaking of gestures “which were not premeditated”. “But when you’re angry, you don’t think about what you’re doing,” she added, saying she “was contaminated by police violence” that day.

The mother of the family was arrested on the arrival of a procession of caregivers

The mother of the family, who was then working at the Paul-Brousse hospital in Villejuif (Val-de-Marne), was arrested on June 16, 2020 a few minutes after throwing projectiles and pointing fingers in the direction of the forces order, against a backdrop of clashes at the arrival of the procession of carers on the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris.

The demonstration took place three months after the start of the Covid-19 epidemic. “I was exhausted, I had lost half of my patients, it was not against the police that I threw the bitumen, it was symbolic”, argued the defendant at the bar.

Relayed at the time on social networks, videos of the scene had been broadcast to the audience. We see the nurse in a white coat throwing projectiles in the direction of the police, before being unceremoniously arrested.

In particular, we hear him begging the police several times: “Give me my ventoline, I am asthmatic.” Images that had aroused the anger of the left opposition and forced the executive to step up to defend the action of the police. A complaint had been lodged with the IGPN. The police lawyer could not be reached immediately to comment on the decision.

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