In this June 17, 2013 file photo, a Military Police pepper sprays a PROTESTER during a demonstration in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
In the U.S., a series of deaths has forced the nation’s public conscience to cope with the long-standing issue of police violence. But it is in the Americas’ second largest economy where a policy of “shoot first, ask questions later” has seen an epidemic of murder-by-police develop.
Brazil’s population is 50 percent smaller than that of the U.S. but their police forces have killed the same number of people in the last five years as American police have in the last 30 years. From 2008 to 2013, Brazilian police killed around 11,000 civilians or six people every day.
“Our police kill by the hundreds,” Ignacio Cano, a sociologist who specializes in the study of crime and police violence, told Bloomberg last year. “We have a Ferguson every day.”