French police officers suffered serious injuries when a feral mob attacked them as they attempted to arrest a suspected jewelry thief from Algeria this week, according to reports.
The shocking incident unfolded at around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the culturally-enriched city of Lyon.
Plainclothes cops from the interdepartmental public transport security service (SISTC) were pursuing a man in La Guillotière district who had allegedly ripped a necklace off a passerby when a crowd surrounded them, Actu17 reports.
As officers tried to arrest the suspect, dozens of assailants began kicking them, throwing rocks and bottles, hitting them with sticks, and even spraying tear gas.
Footage of the melee was shared on social media.
The cops attempted to pull the suspect into a store but eventually he broke free and escaped.
The suspect is known to authorities and has been identified as an illegal alien from the African nation of Algeria, according to Matthieu Valet, spokesman for the Independent Union of Police Commissioners.
“Yesterday in Lyon, police officers were lynched and smashed by a crowd of thugs,” Valet wrote on social media on Thursday.
“They released the alleged perpetrator of a chain snatching. This Algerian, known to the police, was inadmissible!”
The latest mob assault on police comes amid a heated debate over violent crime and lawlessness tied to mass migration in France.
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