Report Reveals Disproportionate Police Violence Against Afro-Brazilians in Brazil

A report released by the Network of Security Observatories has highlighted the disproportionate impact of police violence on Afro-Brazilians in Brazil. According to the report, at least 2,770 black and mixed-race Brazilians died as a result of police operations in 2022, representing 87 percent of all such deaths. This figure is significantly higher than the number of black people killed by police in the United States during the same period. The report also revealed that black and mixed-race Brazilians make up 56 percent of the country’s population.

The report emphasized that the majority of police violence occurred in favelas and other impoverished communities, where frequent clashes between the police and heavily armed drug gangs take place. It further noted that Brazil’s police forces are often targeted by deadly violence themselves, with black officers accounting for 52 percent of murdered police officers, despite making up only 37 percent of the police force.

The Network of Security Observatories coordinator, Silvia Ramos, stated that the high number of black individuals killed by the police underscores the violent and racist nature of police activities in Brazil. The report was based on data obtained through freedom of information requests.

It is important to note that Brazil was the last country in the Americas to abolish slavery, doing so in 1888. The report’s findings shed light on the ongoing challenges faced by Afro-Brazilians in relation to police violence and racial inequality.

Author: CrimeDoor

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