Brazilian police link to death squads
2013-04-29 0:00

From: Irish Times


Evidence mounts in killings of hundreds of people in countryís largest city

Evidence is mounting that police are behind a wave of death squad-style killings that has left hundreds of people dead in Brazilís largest city in recent months.

Last weekend two officers were arrested in connection with a string of attacks by death squads in the west of greater S„o Paulo that left four people dead. They joined more than 20 others already being held for suspected involvement in death squads or for carrying out summary executions while on duty.

Authorities confirmed that two investigations have been opened into the possible involvement of a group of officers in the killing of 35 people by death squads in the greater S„o Paulo city of Guarulhos, home to Brazilís main international airport.

The latest arrests prompted S„o Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin to promise ďzero toleranceĒ for officers involved in murders, though he denied any knowledge of death squads operating in the stateís police.

But Fernando Grella, S„o Pauloís state secretary for security, admitted the possibility of death squads made up of police officers.

The admission is a marked change for the stateís political and police leadership, which had previously denied the existence of such groups Ė a denial human rights groups say created a sense of impunity within the force.

The most dramatic evidence of likely police involvement was the emergence of security camera footage that showed two poor youths being shot dead last month by two men on a motorbike.

The footage clearly shows that police officers were within 50m of the scene when the killings took place and provided an escort for the killers as they made their escape. Eleven officers are now under arrest in connection with the killing.

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Read the full article at: irishtimes.com



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