The video showing the incident is still going viral on social media, leaving the door open for speculation as to the reason behind the violent reaction of the policeman.
Rabat – Comedian Amine Radi, who filmed himself being beaten by a policeman, has allegedly violated several traffic codes, Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia reported.
On Saturday, Moroccan comedian Amine Radi filmed himself as he was verbally and physically assaulted by a traffic police officer in Casablanca. The video was met with mixed reactions.
Prior to the attack, Radi was commenting on how the policeman called him a “donkey” while telling him to stop.
“We are in 2019 in Morocco, and a policeman stops me saying ‘stop donkey.”
The live video also shows the policeman assaulting him as he was trying to show his followers the police officer with a live stream.
Al Ahdath Al Maghribia wrote today that Radi has violated traffic code. The newspaper said that the comedian was driving on the wrong side of the road and without a seat belt, which is against the traffic code.
Radi filed a complaint against the policeman after the incident.
The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances..
The DGSN added that the General Inspectorate of National Security also launched an administrative investigation regarding the incident.
“The prefectural police of Casablanca has conducted a judicial investigation under the supervision of a competent prosecutor,” said a spokesperson for the DGSN.
Depending on the findings of the investigation, the officer may be charged for assault and/or abuse of power.
If prosecuted the officer may face losing his job, being fined, civic degradation, and/or a prison sentence. The judge has the power to fix and customize the sentence taking into account, first, the gravity the offense committed and, second, the personality of the offender (Article 141 of the penal code).
The officer may also face charges under Article 231 which states that the use of undue violence by on-duty public official official is a punishable offense.