Success: Recording Police Brutality Won’t Be Criminalized

Target: Emmanuel Macron, President of France

Goal: Praise decision to withdraw legislation which would have granted police broad powers to act with brutality and impunity.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced the withdrawal of the controversial Global Security Bill, which contained a provision which would have made it illegal to film police in the act of carrying out violent attacks on members of the public. In response to this violation of their rights, an outraged French populace rose up in massive nationwide protests, forcing the government to cancel the bill and redraft it without the controversial clauses. This demonstration of anger on the part of the French people and good sense from their leaders is a victory for advocates of democracy, human rights, and those who signed petitions like this one.

Sign the petition below to praise President Macron’s decision not to violate basic rights and democratic norms.


Dear Mr. President,

Even as a high-profile, seemingly unprovoked assault on a Black French man was carried out by Paris police, deputies of the National Assembly considered depriving citizens of the power to film similar abuses, leaving them vulnerable to attack and exploitation without recourse under the law. Faced with this violation of their rights, tens of thousands took to the streets to show you that they would not tolerate the Global Security Bill. Thank you for your sound judgment in listening to their demands and withdrawing this dangerous legislation.


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