The Military Police Department of São Paulo has a long history of brutality and racial profiling. An Amnesty International report points out that in São Paulo, “serious human rights violations continue to be reported, such as homicides committed by the police, as well as torture and mistreatment of people in custody. Young black men living in slums and poor areas on the outskirts of cities are more in danger.” No other episode, however, was as shocking as the Carandiru Prison Massacre, which took place in a São Paulo prison on October 2, 1992. On this now infamous day, at least 111 inmates were slaughtered over the span of half an hour by police agents.
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