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.
- 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...