Hundreds of people have marched in Paris angered by claims a man suffered a serious sexual assault after being arrested. A large crowd demonstrated in Aulnay-sous-Bois carrying banners demanding “Justice for Theo” while nearby someone had scrawled “Police, rapists” on a wall.
The 22-year-old was allegedly attacked with a baton during what police said was an ID check in the suburb of the French capital on Thursday. The man, who has only been identified as Theo, was taken to hospital.
One officer has been charged with rape and another three have been charged with assault. Theo described being ordered by police to stand against a wall in Aulnay-sous-Bois. A car was set on fire, bus stops smashed and angry demonstrators tried to torch a bus. Five people were detained.
An offshoot of the US group Black Lives Matter has seized on the case and helped organise protests in the wake of the alleged assault. The march also follows the death of a 24-year-old in police custody in another Parisian suburb last year.
In 2005, the death of two teenagers who were electrocuted while hiding from police sparked weeks of riots and Aulnay-sous-Bois was among the worst hit areas.