Police Suicides in Brazil Exceed Deaths in Line of Duty, Says Report

In 2018, 104 officers took their own lives, according to data from the 13th Brazilian Annual Report on Public Safety. The rate soared by 42.5 percent against 2017. This is the first time that national data on police suicide is gathered. Many states still do not report the statistics, in order to conceal the issue and exempt themselves from proposing a solution.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Officer Antônio Figueiredo Sobrinho was chasing a suspect during a stakeout when he was shot in the back by the criminal's accomplice. At the age of 26, married and father of two babies, he became paraplegic. In despair over his condition, he attempted to end his own life twice in one year. At night, alone in his room, he even pulled the gun he was wearing and pointed it at his head. He gave up on both occasions.

"I thought that by taking my life, everything would be settled. I would bring no more . . .

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