NGO Study: Brazil’s Police Lethality Much Higher Among Blacks

In Rio de Janeiro, although 51% of the population is black, deaths by police in this group of people reached 86% in 2019. State security officials in Rio and São Paulo claim killings by security agents are rapidly declining in 2020.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A study released on Wednesday, December 9th, by the Safety Observatory Network indicates that police lethality is much higher among blacks.

Data collected in five states - São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Ceará and Pernambuco - point out that the black population dies the most because of the police, either in absolute numbers or proportionally. The researchers' attention was drawn to the glaring contrast in some cases, which clearly shows that racism is institutionalized.

Bahia was the most impressive, where 97% of the 650 people killed by the police last year were black. In Pernambuco, this . . .

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