Number of the week

The color of police violence in Brazil

Black Brazilians are the main targets of police violence. The country was once again confronted with this reality after yet another massacre

Rio's special police operations force has a knife and skull on its insignia, symbolizing victory over death. Photo: Photocarioca/Shutterstock
Rio’s special operations force has a knife and skull on its insignia, symbolizing victory over death. Photo: Photocarioca/Shutterstock

Welcome to “Number of the Week,” where we choose a single figure that helps understand what is going on in Brazil. This week’s number illustrates the challenges Brazil faces in curbing police brutality.

28killed
during a police operation

The scenes of police brutality that came out of Rio de Janeiro on Thursday have appalled the world. A drug bust in Jacarezinho, a favela in northern Rio de Janeiro, resulted in the deaths of 28 people (plus one officer). Authorities claim all fatalities of the operation were suspected of involvement with criminal organizations, a fact local...

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