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São Paulo Police Kill more Men, Blacks and Youth

05/17/2018 - 13h17

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FERNANDA MENA
JÚLIA BARBON
FROM SÃO PAULO

There are more men, blacks and young people killed as a result of police interventions than the number of murder victims in the State of São Paulo, according to unpublished research.

Between 2014 and 2016, 16% of those killed by police were younger than 17 years old, twice the proportion of those killed by general homicide (8%). Additionally, 67% of the victims were black or mixed-black, compared to 46% for the total number of murders in the state.

The number of deaths caused by São Paulo police has been on the increase and set a record in 2017, with 943 cases - the highest number in the last 25 years, exceeded only by the 1,470 recorded in 1992, when the data still didn't include those killed by off-duty police officers.

For the study's author, sociologist Samira Bueno, the influence of generational and racial factors is clear in the use of lethal force by the police.

Samira's analysis reveals that 6.1 adolescents out of 1000 apprehended flagrantly by agents between 2013 and 2016 were killed, while among adults, the index is 3.4 deaths per 1000 apprehensions in the State of SP. Samira analyzed a total of 3,107 records.

According to Samira, there is a mismatch between the profile the police divulge as the image of a criminal and the victims of their actions, predominantly young people. "Many of them have a link to drugs, which doesn't necessarily connect them to drug-trafficking or to any specific crime."

Translated by LLOYD HARDER

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