The police were targeted by projectiles, including stones, with two of the three officers present being injured in the attack

Source: JOHN CODY | Remix News

A police unit from the Rouen police in northern France was violently attacked by around 15 individuals during an arrest on Tuesday evening, according to video footage and media reports.

Several amateur videos showing the attack were posted on social media and viewed tens of thousands of times. A suspect, just arrested by the police, managed to flee in handcuffs after youths attacked the officers, Actu17 reports.

The incident started around 7 p.m., shortly after emergency calls reported a man was violently beaten with a baseball bat in Notre-Dame-de-Bondeville in the Rouen arrondissement. Local police were further notified that a 37-year-old victim was taken to hospital after sustaining serious injuries to his face, and the three attackers were traveling in a white Citroën C3. The license plate of the suspects’ vehicle was also provided. 

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Three UCL police officers on patrol recognized the vehicle description from a traffic stop the previous night in Canteleu around 1 a.m.

“There were four young men inside, aged 17, 19, and 24. One was fined for possession of narcotics,” the Actu17 source said, referring to the police stop from the previous day.

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