Protesters showed their disapproval of a man being anally raped by police, who then said it was “accidental.”
Authorities responded with tear gas after small groups threw projectiles amid unrest in Bobigny, a district in the northeastern suburbs of Paris that is home to a large immigrant community reported NBC.
“Several vehicles, including a media truck, were set on fire and police officers had to intervene to rescue a young child trapped in a burning vehicle,” a statement from the Paris police prefecture said.
4 Police officers are under investigation for anally raping a 22-year-old man — identified only by his first name, Theo — who was arrested Feb. 2. “The youth worker suffered such severe injuries to his rectum during an arrest last week in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, that he needed major emergency surgery and remains in hospital.”
— Rafaela Freitas (@rafaelapfreitas) February 11, 2017
NBC reported on some details of the actions over the past week:
Theo’s case has prompted a week of demonstrations in the impoverished district. Cars and refuse bins were torched in a night of violence on Feb. 7 and disturbances resumed on Saturday, and again in the early hours of Sunday.
In a bid to ease tensions, French President Francois Hollande visited Theo at his hospital bed on Thursday.
Anger over the incident shows no sign of abating, after police investigating the incident reportedly announced Thursday that they believed the alleged rape was unintentional.
To reiterate, “It’s unacceptable that the police [inquiry] say it was an accident.” People should be furious that this happened and even more furious that the officers claimed it was an accident. One does not accidentally pull down someone’s pants and stick something in their anus so severely that they need surgery.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)