France Protests Over Police Rape Allegation Turn Fiery

Public outcry shows no sign of letting up in case of 'Theo'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2017 8:07 AM CST
France Protests Over Police Rape Allegation Turn Fiery
A demonstrator holds a poster during a protest against police violence, in Paris, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Protesters burn cars and menace security forces in an eruption of violence over a young black man, Theo, who was allegedly raped by a police baton, and authorities say 17 will be charged.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

After more than a week of protests over a young Frenchman's allegation that police raped him with a baton during a routine stop, the demonstrations in a Paris suburb turned violent overnight, reports NBC News. "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," per a statement from Paris police. Protesters are angry over the case of a 22-year-old identified only as Theo, and the police response that the rape was accidental and that Theo's pants "slipped down on their own." Public outcry shows no signs of letting up, notes NBC, with one protester saying that "It's unacceptable that the police [inquiry] say it was an accident. It's just simply abnormal and so I think these clashes are nothing compared to what people should do." So far one officer is under investigation for suspected rape, and three others for unnecessary violence. (More Paris police stories.)

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