Another alleged case of rape with police baton increases tensions in Paris

first_imgAnother alleged case of rape with police baton increases tensions in Paris A similar alleged involving a black youth worker has led to sometimes violent protests. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Aurelien Morissard No Comments By AFP Share15 Tweet Email 16,094 Views A SECOND FRENCH policeman should face trial for allegedly raping a man with a baton, a court ruled yesterday in a case that echoes another incident earlier this month.The officer’s actions left a 29-year-old man named Alexandre with injuries to his anus after he was forced into a police car after being stopped for alleged drunkenness by a night-time patrol in October 2015.A judge in Bobigny on the outskirts of Paris said the officer, 33, should face charges.The case has attracted fresh scrutiny following the violent arrest of a black youth worker called Theo in the same Seine-Saint-Denis area of Paris on 2 February.The latter arrest, which left the victim requiring surgery to his anus and rectal area, has sparked sometimes violent protests and cast a spotlight on rough policing methods in France’s crime-ridden suburbs.One officer has been charged with raping Theo, and three others with assault.In the case heard in court yesterday, the judge ruled that the medical records of Alexandre were sufficient to justify upgrading the charges to rape, rather than assault which had been recommended by prosecutors.“It’s a decision that is fair and important, and that we were waiting for,” Alexandre’s lawyer, Marie-Cecile Nathan, told reporters.The defence and prosecution now have 10 days to appeal the judge’s recommendation. If not, the officer will be officially charged and then prosecuted.While in the police station after his arrest, Alexandre had complained of pain and alleged that an officer had forced his baton between his buttocks.The officer told investigators that the injuries were inflicted accidentally during the struggle to force him into the police vehicle.© – AFP 2017Read: Eleven nights of rioting over alleged police rape of young man in Paris >Read: 16-year-old girl among four arrested for allegedly plotting terror attack in France >center_img Short URL Protesters walk past a burning car after a demonstration in Bobigny outside Paris. Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 10:46 AM Protesters walk past a burning car after a demonstration in Bobigny outside Paris. Image: Aurelien Morissard http://jrnl.ie/3250427 Feb 21st 2017, 10:46 AM last_img