Young immigrants in French suburbs bear brunt of police violence

In 1990, when 21-year-old Thomas Claudio died in a motorbike accident after a collision with a police car, the town was set ablaze for five days to chants of “the police kills”.

“There is a real problem of representation: for [the police] all young people from the banlieues, I feel like we’re not fully considered like citizens. It’s like we don’t have any rights,” said Walid Semail, a 20-year-old business student from Vaulx-en-Velin.

Several young men interviewed by The…

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