French probe opened into police incident with disabled man

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor opened Monday an investigation into an incident involving a police officer allegedly spraying tear gas at a man in a wheelchair during an anti-government protest.

The incident took place Saturday on the margins of the 16th round of yellow vest demonstrations in the southern city of Toulouse.

On a video widely shared on social media, the disabled man, wearing a yellow vest, appears to follow a police officer who suddenly turns back and sprays gas near his face.

In a telephone call on Sunday with local television France 3 Occitanie, Pascal Boure said he needed to pass near police officers in order to peacefully leave the protest and go home.

He added that he intends to file a lawsuit.

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