French gendarmes take positions to prevent clashes with youths in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. French police say 26 protesters were detained during an eruption of violence against police in the Paris suburbs in which a police car was torched. The violence in the night of Monday to Tuesday is a show of outrage in support of a young black man who authorities allege was sodomized by a police officer's baton last week during a police operation that targeted drug traffickers (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS — Police say rioters have again set fire to cars and garbage bins overnight in spreading violence in the suburbs of Paris over the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton.
Police said Wednesday morning they made 17 arrests.
The violence in suburbs northeast of Paris, which has now spread to at least five towns, erupted after a young black man was allegedly sodomized with a police officer’s baton last week, during an identity check. One officer was charged Sunday with aggravated rape and three others were charged with aggravated assault.
President Francois Hollande visited the alleged victim, identified only by his first name, Theo, on Tuesday afternoon at the suburban hospital where he has been treated since the assault.
Tension between the police and youths in Paris’ suburbs has reached the boiling point several times during the last decade.
Many of the young men who have been implicated in …
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