Police use teargas to disperse anti-brutality rally in Paris
Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris in protest to police violence, a month after a police officer was charged with rape.
The Sunday protest was led by the French Human Rights League and was attended by various other rights groups and victims of police brutality.
The league said that the rally was held to show “anger in the face of repeated police violence” and to warn the nation about “a perverted notion of public security and the protection of citizens.”
At the end of the march, riot police were called in to disperse the crowds of peaceful protesters who had been joined by anarchists.
Today’s protest was the latest in a series of demonstrations held in France over the rape of a young black man by police during a violent arrest in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, in February.
One policeman has been charged with rape and three others have been charged with assault in the case. The officers have all denied the charges.
The 22-year-old victim sustained severe injuries and had to undergo surgery.