Police Killings in São Paulo Reach Record High During Quarantine

According to data published in the State Gazette, the number of "deaths resulting from police intervention" involving the State Police increased by 54.6 percent.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Igor Rocha Ramos was black, 16 years old, attending high school and living in Jardim São Savério, a suburb of the capital's south zone. At 1:15 PM, he broke social isolation to buy hot dog buns and a pack of cigarettes for his mother, the family says.

Approximately 20 minutes and a shot in the back of the head later, the young man joined the contingent of people killed during São Paulo State Police operations, which in April reached the highest rate for the month since official records began in 2001 . . .

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