On May 6, the deaths of 28 residents of Rio de Janeiro’s slums once again demonstrated the excessive use of force by the police. In a forum in the “world”, musician Chico Burke, intellectuals, elected officials in Brazil, France and Catalonia all called for independent investigations.
On the morning of Thursday, May 6, residents of Jacarezinho, a popular area in the north of Rio de Janeiro, were awakened by heavy artillery fire from an operation carried out by the Rio de Janeiro State Civil Police, which occurred when 29 people were brutally killed: 28 residents and 1 policeman.
The police action was supposed to crack down on drug dealers who allegedly recruited children and young people, but it was once again marked by the extreme use of force and disregard of the most basic rights.
The police raided houses, issued threats, committed physical violence to residents, and killed family members in at least two cases. The bloody corpses, mainly blacks, lay on the floor of the house, in the alleys, and on the streets, invaded social networks and became the “front page” of the international media.
This is the biggest massacre caused by police operations in Rio State. In the end, the number of deaths exceeded the number of arrests: only six people were arrested.
Human rights organizations and residents condemned the police for several violations. They should be the guarantors of the law and ensure the safety of residents. Several witnesses said that during the operation, the police found bullets and bodies.
After the intervention, the police held a press conference.Commissioner Felipe Curi, head of the General Professional Police Department, described 28 residents as “criminal” : “There are no suspects here. We only have thugs, murderers and drug dealers. What saddens us most is the death of our colleague.”, He has no statement. Therefore, the civilian police in Rio de Janeiro and the current Brazilian government clearly demonstrated their barbaric, racist, and anti-democratic nature.
Despite the decision of the Supreme Court, the supreme body of the Brazilian judiciary, the action was carried out.Since August 2020, the courts have banned all police operations in slums during the pandemic, with the exception of cases “Absolutely special”Despite this decision, there are still 947 people killed by the police in Rio de Janeiro State in 2020, which is regrettable. There will be more violence in 2021, with an average of more than 5 people being killed by the police every day. These figures make the Rio de Janeiro State Police the deadliest police in Brazil.
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