Brazilian police are lead suspects in recent mass killings

By Jill Replogle

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The men wearing black ski masks look almost relaxed as they stroll around the São Paulo bar, gently arranging patrons against a wall — then shooting them.

But even more terrifying than the security camera footage is that the main suspects in the massacre are police themselves.

The victims in the bar, a modest drinking hole with a pool table and plastic chairs, were among 18 gunned down execution-style in several locations within the space of a few hours Thursday in Brazil’s biggest city.

And they were only part of a much bigger toll from the chaotic underbelly of a country that would prefer to be known for its industrial might, the Amazon jungle, carnivals and hosting next year’s Rio Olympics.

On Monday, almost 550 kilometers from São Paulo in Uberlândia, five people, one of them a woman, were shot dead in a fusillade of what were reportedly .380 caliber bullets.

And more than a thousand kilometers away this July, 37 people were shot dead over a single weekend in Manaus, the capital of the Amazon region and one of the cities that hosted the 2014 football World Cup.

In each case — and many others that received less media attention … continue reading

Via:: Tico Times


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