Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Halts Police Raids in Rio Favelas During Pandemic

In May, police in Rio drew criticism for an operation in which a 14-year-old boy was killed, as well as another shootout in a coronavirus-stricken favela, which drew hundreds into the streets.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A Federal Supreme Court (STF) Justice, on Friday, June 5th, prohibited police raids in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas during the novel coronavirus pandemic, as a groundswell of criticism of brutal police tactics grows in Latin America’s largest nation.

In the decision, Justice Edson Fachin forbid raids in favelas - as Brazil’s informal settlements are known - “except in absolutely exceptional cases,” which most be pre-approved by the state . . .

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