Rio extinguishes agency that investigates misconduct and violence of State Police officers

The end of the Specialized Task Force on Public Safety shocks prosecutors who already had difficulty investigating crimes by police, who allege "death by exchange of gunshots". The argument has been used even in the case of the killing of a 2-year-old child.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Maicon was two years old when military police killed him. It was April 15, 1996, and he was playing in front of his house in Acari, in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro, when he was shot in the face. The crime was registered as "auto de resistência" - a term used by police officers who claim to be defending themselves by killing someone: "But how can a two-year-old boy exchange shots with the police?", rightly asks José Luiz Faria da Silva, Maicon's father.

As he does every year, José Luiz protested . . .

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