Paris police say rape of black man an ‘accident’

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According to Aljazeera

Tensions between police and protesters have flared again in the French capital after a police investigation concluded that the anal rape of a young black man by an officer using a truncheon was an accident.

The conclusion on Thursday came a week after the arrest in the northern Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois of the 22-year-old victim, who has been identified only as Theo.

According to AFP news agency, a police source said that having taken into account CCTV recordings and witness accounts, “there are insufficient elements to show that this was a rape”.

A video of the scene shows a policeman “applying a truncheon blow horizontally across the buttocks with a truncheon” and Theo’s trousers “slipped down on their own”, the source said.

However, an investigating magistrate had charged one of the police officers with rape and three others with aggravated assault, and is still examining the case.

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