Scuffles at Paris protest against alleged police brutality

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Scuffles broke out between police and protesters in Paris on Wednesday, February 15th during a demonstration in support of Theo, a man who has become a symbol of police violence after he alleged he was beaten and raped during his arrest last week.

Violence has accompanied protests since the incident, with 12 people arrested on Monday night in the Seine-Saint-Denis region.

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Anti riot police stands guard as people gather during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti riot police stands guard as people gather during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

People stand in front of burning bins during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

People stand in front of burning bins during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

People stand in front of burning bins during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti riot police stands guard as people gather during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)

People gather during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti riot police stands guard as people gather during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)

A person holds a placard reading 'Fuck the police by accident' as people gather during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)

French fire fighters extinguish flames during a protest in Bobigny, a district of northeast Paris, to denounce police brutality after a black man was allegedly sodomized with a baton during an arrest while in their custody in Paris on February 11, 2017. A 22-year-old black youth worker named as Theo, a talented footballer with no criminal record, required surgery after his arrest on February 2, 2017 when he claims a police officer sodomized him with his baton. One officer has been charged with rape and three others with assault over the incident in the tough northeastern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois which has revived past controversies over alleged police brutality.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

People gather as anti riot police spreads tear gas during a demonstration to show support to a 22-year-old youth worker, identified only as Theo, after he was assaulted on February 2, in Barbes Rochechouart district in Paris, on February 15, 2017. French President Francois Hollande called for 'justice' over the alleged rape of a black youth with a police baton, an incident that has sparked 10 nights of rioting and more than 200 arrests.

(GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)

A burning vehicle is seen during a violent protest against police violence that erupts following an alleged police violence over a youth footballer, Theo, on February 11, 2017 in Bobigny District of Paris France. Protests erupted following an alleged police violence against a 22-year-old black young man, identified as Theo, allegedly sodomized by police then hospitalized on February 02.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

French fire fighters extinguish flames during a protest in Bobigny, a district of northeast Paris, to denounce police brutality after a black man was allegedly sodomised with a baton during an arrest while in their custody in Paris on February 11, 2017. A 22-year-old black youth worker named as Theo, a talented footballer with no criminal record, required surgery after his arrest on February 2, 2017 when he claims a police officer sodomized him with his baton. One officer has been charged with rape and three others with assault over the incident in the tough northeastern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois which has revived past controversies over alleged police brutality.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A burning vehicle is seen during a violent protest against police violence that erupts following an alleged police violence over a youth footballer, Theo, on February 11, 2017 in Bobigny District of Paris France. Protests erupted following an alleged police violence against a 22-year-old black young man, identified as Theo, allegedly sodomized by police then hospitalized on February 02.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

French fire fighters extinguish flames during a protest in Bobigny, a district of northeast Paris, to denounce police brutality after a black man was allegedly sodomised with a baton during an arrest while in their custody in Paris on February 11, 2017. A 22-year-old black youth worker named as Theo, a talented footballer with no criminal record, required surgery after his arrest on February 2, 2017 when he claims a police officer sodomized him with his baton. One officer has been charged with rape and three others with assault over the incident in the tough northeastern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois which has revived past controversies over alleged police brutality.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A burning vehicle is seen during a violent protest against police violence that erupts following an alleged police violence over a youth footballer, Theo, on February 11, 2017 in Bobigny District of Paris France. Protests erupted following an alleged police violence against a 22-year-old black young man, identified as Theo, allegedly sodomized by police then hospitalized on February 02.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A burning vehicle is seen during a violent protest against police violence that erupts following an alleged police violence over a youth footballer, Theo, on February 11, 2017 in Bobigny District of Paris France. Protests erupted following an alleged police violence against a 22-year-old black young man, identified as Theo, allegedly sodomized by police then hospitalized on February 02.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This picture taken on February 11, 2017 shows a vandalised during a protest in Bobigny, a district of northeast Paris, to denounce police brutality after a black man was allegedly sodomized with a baton during an arrest while in their custody in Paris. A 22-year-old black youth worker named as Theo, a talented footballer with no criminal record, required surgery after his arrest on February 2, 2017 when he claims a police officer sodomized him with his baton. One officer has been charged with rape and three others with assault over the incident in the tough northeastern suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois which has revived past controversies over alleged police brutality.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A burning vehicle is seen during a violent protest against police violence that erupts following an alleged police violence over a youth footballer, Theo, on February 11, 2017 in Bobigny District of Paris France. Protests erupted following an alleged police violence against a 22-year-old black young man, identified as Theo, allegedly sodomized by police then hospitalized on February 02.

(Photo by Julien Mattia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Clouds of tear gas surround people during a protest against police brutality after a young black man, 22-year-old youth worker named Theo, was severely injured during his arrest earlier this month in Bobigny, at a demonstration in Paris, France, February 15, 2017.

(REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

A man reacts at a protest against police brutality after a young black man, 22-year-old youth worker named Theo, was severely injured during his arrest earlier this month in Bobigny, as people gather at a demonstration in Paris, France, February 15, 2017.

(REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Trash burns on the street as people hold banners with messages that read, "In face of police impunity lets be ungovernable" (L) and "Cops Rapists Murderers" (R) to protest police brutality after a young black man, 22-year-old youth worker named Theo, was severely injured during his arrest earlier this month in Bobigny, as they gather at a deomostration in Paris, France, February 15, 2017.

(REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

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Protesters lit piles of trash and trash cans on fire in the streets as riot police threw tear gas canisters, which were in turn thrown back at them.

A policeman has been placed under formal investigation for the suspected rape on February 2 during the arrest of 22-year-old Theo in Aulnay-sous-Bois, a suburb of Paris.

Local police said in a statement that Theo accused one of the policemen involved of inserting a baton in his anus.

A hospital examination had revealed wounds to his rectum, face and head, it said.


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