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Military Intervention in Rio: Less Robberies, More Police Related Deaths

06/15/2018 - 12h13

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LUCAS VETTORAZZO
RIO DE JANEIRO

After almost four months of Brazilian federal intervention in public security, the main violence indicators remain at a standstill.

The number of deaths due to police action has increased, and violent deaths have gone up slightly in the last three months. On the other hand, there has been a drop in cargo theft and robberies.

Domingos Peixoto / Agência O Globo
It was the first federal intervention in a state since Brazil's return to democracy in the 1980s
It was the first federal intervention in a state since Brazil's return to democracy in the 1980s

Folha has compared data from March, April and May with data for the same months in 2017 - the intervention was decreed on February 16. Such figures show that the greatest goal of the action, that is, reduction of violence rates, is still far from being met.

The indicator of lethal violence, which includes premeditated murder, 'auto de resistência', robbery and bodily injury followed by death, reached 1,766 occurrences over the period - an increase of 29 cases (1.7%) compared to 1,737 from March to May 2017.

The indicator of 'auto de resistência', which identifies deaths as a result of confrontations with police officers, showed a more substantial increase - from 300 in the quarter ended May 2017 to 344 in 2018, an increase of 14.7%.

Those indicators are provided by the ISP (Institute of Public Security) which, however, has not published the numbers related to May. In an event with entrepreneurs held on Wednesday (13), general Braga Netto reported the numbers for the last month, still subject to minor changes. Folha used the general's information and those from the Institute to calculate the numbers for this story.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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