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Short Update: Belgian police officer sentenced to prison for attack on migrant

FT Admin - June 9, 2020 - Extended police powers, New criminal offences, Rule of Law, COVID-19 Updates

A Brussels police officer has been sentenced (in French) to a year in prison for an unprovoked attack on an 18-year old migrant during an operation to implement the ban on assembly during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The incident occurred when police officers carried out an aggressive check on migrants and homeless people staying at a hotel which had welcomed them during the pandemic. The police officer pushed the migrant against a wall, pepper sprayed their eyes, and destroyed his phone with his baton. 

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