Yellow vest boxer convicted in France for police attack
PARIS (AP) — A former French boxer who was filmed attacking riot police officers during the yellow vest protests has been convicted of assault.
Christophe Dettinger, a former French champion in the light heavyweight category, was given a one-year prison sentence on Wednesday night.
The judge brushed aside calls for a tougher sentence and gave the 37-year-old lenient terms that will allow him to work during the day.
The videos from the Jan. 5 incidents went viral on social media, triggering an outpouring of comments either praising Dettinger as a hero of the yellow vest movement or lambasting him as a vicious attacker.
Dettinger has been in custody since turning himself in after the attack.
Clashes hit Paris during the 13th straight week of yellow vest protests Saturday.