AI says Brazilian police ‘killed hundreds’ in five years

Amnesty International says Brazilian police ‘killed hundreds’ in past five years in Rio

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Aug 4, 2015

Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) released a report on Monday stating that Brazilian police have killed over 1,500 people in the past five years in Rio de Janeiro.

The group released the report “You killed my son: Killings by military police in Rio de Janeiro” ahead of the one-year countdown to the 2016 Olympic Games which will be held in Rio.

Amnesty International said in the report “that nearly 16% of the total homicides registered in the city in the last five years took place at the hands of on-duty police officers - 1,519 in total.”

Military police in Rio implement a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach rising the number of homicide rates in the city, said the human rights watchdog. The group also said that the deaths “are rarely investigated and brought to justice.”

The statistics in the report outlined that more than 50 percent of the victims of homicide were aged between 15 and 29, adding that 77 percent of the victims were black.

“Rio de Janeiro is a tale of two cities. On the one hand, the glitz and glamour designed to impress the world and on the other, a city marked by repressive police interventions that are decimating a significant part of a generation of young, black and poor men,” said Amnesty International’s director Atila Roque.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that Brazil’s military police did not make any explanations in relation to the allegations.

Previously, in November 2014, the Associated Press (AP) had reported that the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety said Brazilian police nationwide had killed more than 11,000 people between 2009 and 2013.

“The empirical evidence shows that Brazilian police make abusive use of lethal force to respond to crime and violence,” reported the public safety non-governmental organisation (NGO).

The NGO also compared the figures and mentioned that the United States law enforcement officers had killed 11,090 people over a time frame of 30 years.

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