French investigators stated Thursday that the law enforcement officials in Paris who sodomized a younger black man with a baton did so by chance, and that the incident doesn’t represent rape.

The 22-year-old youth employee, recognized solely as Théo, says a bunch of 4 law enforcement officials bodily and sexually assaulted him on Feb. 2. He says he confronted the officers after seeing certainly one of them slap a youngster throughout an id examine. Then, Théo says, the officers took him across the nook and sodomized him with a truncheon, spit on him, beat his genitals and referred to as him names, together with “negro” and “bitch.”

Théo suffered extreme anal and facial accidents in the course of the incident, elements of which had been captured on video. He was instantly taken to the hospital for an emergency surgical procedure. French Inside Minister Bruno Le Roux announced Sunday that every of the 4 officers has been charged with aggravated assault, and one was charged with rape.

Police have claimed Théo’s pants “slipped down on their very own” and his wounds had been sustained by chance, in accordance with French media reports. An early investigation by France’s nationwide police drive concluded that the incident, whereas “very severe,” was “not a rape” as a result of “unintentional character” of the officers’ actions.

Video reveals an officer “making use of a truncheon blow horizontally throughout [Théo’s] buttocks,” a police source told The Local. Whereas investigators acknowledge that Théo was penetrated, they are saying it was unintended.

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Folks maintain indicators studying “Justice for Theo” throughout a protest on Feb. 6, 2017, in Aulnay-sous-Bois, northern Paris.

Big demonstrations towards police brutality and racism have unfold by Paris’ Aulnay-sous-Bois suburb and surrounding communities within the week because the incident. Automobiles had been set ablaze within the streets and dozens of individuals had been arrested as protesters clashed with legislation enforcement evening after evening.

Théo and his household are urging the group to behave peacefully.

“I wish to ask the residents of my neighborhood to relax. I ask them to cease the hostilities as a result of I like my metropolis, and I need to discover it the way in which I left it,” Théo told the French news station BFMTV from his hospital mattress this week. “Violence is just not the way in which to assist me. Justice will do its job.”

Aulnay-sous-Bois Mayor Bruno Beschizza reiterated Théo’s pleas in a Fb publish on Thursday.

“The decision for calm launched by Théo earlier than yesterday was heard. However tensions stay palpable,” he wrote. “Justice should be capable of work in full transparency and in full serenity.”

French President François Hollande visited Théo within the hospital on Tuesday, later tweeting that “Théo reacted with dignity and accountability” and that justice “has been seized.” 

Others on social media are utilizing the hashtag #JusticePourTheo (“Justice For Theo”) to precise their assist and outrage.

The above tweet reads: “How are you going to have a look at your self in a mirror in judging an [alleged] rape as an ‘accident’? It’s the worst act on this planet. #justicefortheo #justicepourtheo”

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Police block a avenue as individuals collect to protest towards an alleged police assault on a black man in central Paris, Feb. eight, 2017.

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