For the past five days France has been engulfed by widespread culture-enriching riots, similar to those of 2005. Carbecues, vandalism, street violence, assault, robbery — all the usual features of immigrant protests against social injustice.
The triggering incident was the alleged rape with a police baton of a young man named Théo (no last names for perps in French news reports) in Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of Paris. The story is reminiscent of the notorious 20-year-old case of Abner Louima, a Haitian immigrant who was sodomized with a broom handle by a New York City police officer.
Was Théo perhaps familiar with what happened with to Abner Louima, and concocted his story accordingly? It seems unlikely, given that he was an infant when the Louima incident made headlines. In any case, the story as he reported it was guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings of Social Justice Warriors, who have since hit the streets with signs and banners demanding “Justice pour Théo”.
The police officers who were present in Aulnay-sous-Bois that night dispute the accuracy of Théo’s account. It’s too early yet to tell whether their testimony will have any effect on the course of “justice” in France.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from Valeurs Actuelles:
Aulnay-Sous-Bois: the version of the policeman contradicts that of Théo
February 7, 2017
Investigation. One of the policemen under investigation after a violent arrest in Aulnay-sous-Bois told a different version of the story from that of Théo, who claims to have been raped with a truncheon, reports BFM TV.
What happened during the arrest of Théo, the young man of 22 years who claims to have been raped by police officers on Thursday night in Aulnay-sous-Bois? The investigation is under way to determine the exact circumstances of the evening. But according to BFM TV, the version reported by one of the police officers under investigation differs from that of the young man.
Insults and punch in the face
He was interviewed by the IGPN [General Inspectorate of the National Police] and told the story of the case. While patrolling with three other policemen in the “City of 3,000”, known to be a place with a high incidence of drug trafficking, he questions a group of ten individuals. The tone rises, the “youths” defy the forces of order. Théo, according to the account of the police officer, catches one officer by the collar and insults him. Then he punches him in the face.
While he is taken to the side to be questioned, he struggles “very violently”. The baton intervenes at this point in the story: one of the policemen uses it to “hit Théo in the legs”, “to prevent him from kicking”. The scene was allegedly violent and beatings were allegedly been given in a kind of melee, one can read on the site for the live coverage. The police officers say that there was never any intention to commit rape.
Théo, excused from work for 60 days
Yet this is what Théo has said since his arrest. According to him, the policeman had deliberately used his telescopic baton to “push into his buttocks”. At the police station security forces called the ambulance, after finding that the arrested young man couldn’t sit down. In the hospital, it was recommended that he be excused from work for 60 days.
This is more or less what happened (from what I read in different media): Théo was arrested and while fighting the cops off he sustained a tear to his anus. He claimed he was raped by a police baton. Police deny that. The President of the French Republic visits Théo in the hospital. Riots start all over France. A medical investigation confirms the police officers’ version.