Killings by Cops Hit a Record High in Brazilian State of Rio De Janeiro

Cop killings in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro have hit a record high, rising by 18% in the first three months of the year.

Official data shows cops in Rio killed 434 people in these months, compared with 368 people in same period last year. The number is the highest since record keeping began more than two decades ago. The data was released on April 17.

The rise comes under oversight of Governor Wilson Witzel, a former marine and political ally of far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.

Earlier this year, Witzel confirmed plans to implement shoot-to-kill policing tactics. Last year, the military was put in charge of the State’s security forces.



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