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 . . .