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Brutality by Brazil Police Causes Concern

It was the kind of bloodshed that has become depressingly routine in Rio’s shantytowns: four young men dead from a hail of police bullets. Cops said they fired in self-defense when they were shot at by drug traffickers and found the four bodies afterward. Witnesses said the officers attacked with no provocation and finished off at least one wounded man from close range. The toll wasn’t even particularly high by the standards of the city’s slums, where shootouts between police and criminals come with numbing regularity. But the incident last spring, in which five officers are facing charges, has been thrown back into the spotlight by the recent visit of a special United Nations investigator on extra-judicial killings by police. Full Story

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