As sort of a follow up to the “Policing the Slums” post, it appears there was controversy over the past week. As part of the Brazilian government’s plan to “pacify” some of the notoriously-violent areas around Rio de Janeiro, members of the military, as well as police officers, have been stationed in the local slums. Unfortunately, a ten year old boy was killed during the past week. Officers maintain that the killing was due to crossfire between them and some drug dealers. However, the mother of Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira, the victim, claims that there was only one shot fired. As a result, the Brazilian military has pulled eight officers believed to be involved in the incident. Of the eight, five are currently being investigated for direct involvement in the killing.
Read more here.