Clashes renew in Paris suburb over alleged police violence

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Youth run away from tear gas during a protest against alleged police abuse, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 in Bobigny, north of Paris. French authorities have launched Tuesday a new investigation into alleged police abuse by an officer already accused in a rape case that sparked a week of scattered violence in the troubled suburbs of Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

BOBIGNY, France (AP) — New clashes have broken out between police and protesters in a Paris suburb, days after the alleged rape of a young black man by police sparked a week of violence.

Protesters —mostly young people — threw stones and iron bars near the main shopping mall in Bobigny, east of Paris, and police used tear gas to disperse several dozen people Thursday.

The protesters were calling for justice after a 22-year-old man claimed he was sodomized with a police baton when he was arrested on Feb. 2 in the suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. French media report the man was released from hospital Thursday.

The reported sexual assault has prompted violent protests in several neighborhoods with minority populations.

Four officers have been charged with rape and assault. Police deny the rape allegations.