PARIS – Anti-racism groups and others plan a rally in Paris in support of victims of police violence, after a young black man was allegedly raped with a police baton in an incident that prompted violent protests in poor suburbs.
Paris police announced a security perimeter in the area of Saturday's rally, and far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen issued a statement urging the government to ban it out of respect for the police.
The 22-year-old man, identified publicly only by his first name Theo, was hospitalized for two weeks. Theo, who worked with local youth in his hometown of Aulnay-sous-Bois northeast of Paris, has become a symbol for minorities who stand up to police violence.
Four officers have been charged in the case, but deny intentional wrongdoing.