Analysis: Child Murders in Rio de Janeiro Expose Sluggish Justice in Police Violence Cases

In Rio de Janeiro, the body responsible for investigating and lodging complaints in cases involving police officers is the Specialized Public Safety Action Group (GAESP), of the Rio Prosecutor's Office. This branch is considered an achievement by the families of state victims and its performance is deemed positive.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Twelve children were shot dead in 2020 in Rio de Janeiro State alone. This figure was reached last Friday, December 4h, with the double murder of Rebeca Beatriz Rodrigues dos Santos, 7, and Emilly Victoria Silva dos Santos, 4.

They were cousins and were playing at their doorstep in Barro Vermelho, a community in Duque de Caxias, a city in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. All these children are black, live in suburbs and are victims of a public safety policy that directs police officers, particularly the Rio State Police, to engage in direct . . .

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