Who were the guys in civilian clothes helping the Police?
One thing that was hard to make sense of from a non-French point of view were the vigilante-looking guys who rolled around in clapped-out hatchbacks with "Police" armbands and beanies, carrying pistols (e.g. the "Notre Dame" cop who clips Vinz), who for all intents and purposes, looked like a citizen's miltia sponsored by the Police or something, getting even for the anti-Police sentiment in French ghettos.
Are these some kind of undercover, Police liaison officers specialising in urban areas? Does France still deploy officers in these kinds of roles and were they actually notorious for civil liberty violations and police brutality back in the day?
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