FRANCE — According to a leaked police memo obtained by French newspaper Le Parisien, 17 police officers in Paris between the years 2012 and 2015 behaved so suspiciously that their superiors became concerned. In fact, one officer on that list had called for murder on his Facebook page. In short, it appears some members of the French police force are becoming radicalized Islamists.
When the memo became public, Paris’ police chief Patrice Latro admitted that the “phenomenon of radicalization in the police force exists,” but stated that it was “extremely marginal,” considering that the French capital has more than 27,000 police officers.
The most recent example came last month when a Paris police officer was arrested on June 27 for allegedly helping jihadists travel to the Middle East to join terrorist organizations.
Stationed in the Parisian suburb of Kremlin-Bicêtre, the officer has been charged with “conspiracy and fraud in connection with a terrorist group.”
Along with his brother, who has been in prison for a year after his links with Isis fighters in Syria and Iraq were discovered, the officer allegedly recruited jihadists to join a terrorist cell.
France’s intelligence services reportedly said that the officer used his position to view confidential police files. He also has been accused of expressing his allegiance to Isis ideology and using fake documents to recover parcels.
Following his arrest, the suspect was placed under judicial supervision and prohibited from carrying a weapon.
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