Police in Brazil have defended an operation against a drug trafficking gang which ended in the deaths of 25 people it happened in one of Rio de Janeiro’s poorest neighborhoods known as favelas a police officer is among the victims Courtney Bembridge has this reporter warning some of the details are distressing as police swooped
in helicopters and armored vehicles suspects could be seen trying to escape across the rooftops some of them armed with high-powered weapons down on the street level police were closing in describing it as a war scenario it’s the deadliest police operation since 2016.
this is the account of one resident who says an injured boy came into her home when the police saw the blood they came in screaming where is he I just had time to put my children here behind me and they killed the boy in the room they didn’t give the boy time to say anything my only reaction was to protect my family my nine-year-old daughter saw everything she will never want to sleep in that room again residents took to the straits to protest accusing police of using excessive force they’re calling for peace and justice human rights
campaigners have also condemned the operation oh I think it’s a massacre this is completely unacceptable in any place in the world that the police operation ends up with 25 deaths six people were arrested in the raid and these are some of the weapons that were seized by police have defended the operation saying the gang is involved in drug trafficking robbery assaults and murder and had been recruiting minors I want to make it very clear that the police do not act on emotion to carry out such an operation
there is a lot of planning and we follow many protocols so before people say the operation was not planned we carried out 10 months of investigation a supreme court ruling last year banned police from carrying out raids in these impoverished neighborhoods during the pandemic unless there are exceptional circumstances in the months that followed deaths and murders decreased and there was no increase in crime Courtney Bembridge