French police came under attack by a violent mob hurling stones and projectiles as they attempted to arrest a drug dealer last week, according to reports.
The incident unfolded on Saturday afternoon in Strasbourg, a city in the Alsace region and home to the European Parliament.
Cops on patrol in the Hautepierre district saw a group of suspicious individuals gathered in the lobby of a building on Boulevard Victor-Hugo.
"This is a place known for its drug trafficking," a source told Actu 17.
As officers approached, a male suspect tried to run away and hide inside an apartment.
As he was being apprehended, he reportedly attacked the authorities, attempting to seize a weapon during an ensuing struggle.
Suddenly, a group of around 12 people stormed the lobby and demanded police release the suspect.
"The tension mounts and one of the individuals who came to prevent the police intervention kicks the officials," Actu 17 reports. "Other police officers finally arrive as reinforcements and the first suspect is arrested and taken to the police car."
"The police are then targeted with cobblestones, thrown from the upper floors of the same building."
At least two officers were injured during the melee and one patrol vehicle was seriously damaged.
"Our colleagues narrowly escaped a lynching on the spot. It is urgent that justice puts an end to impunity in some neighborhoods with firm criminal responses against all those who attack the police," the Alliance Police Nationale Union of the Grand-Est said in a statement.
"It is urgent that justice puts an end to impunity in some neighborhoods with firm criminal responses against all those who attack the police. Our determined colleagues will never back down in the face of this delinquency but need uncompromising support."
The drug dealer was reportedly found to be carrying heroin and cocaine in his bag and was sentenced accordingly at the Strasbourg Criminal Court.
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