Amnesty International says the operation against drug trafficking in Jacela Favela is “reprehensible and unjustifiable.”
The death toll from a Brazilian police raid this week in a favela in Rio de Janeiro has risen to 28, a police officer said Friday afternoon as international human rights groups condemned the violence.
A police officer and 27 people were killed during the raid early Thursday, according to authorities who intended to root out drug traffickers in Jacarezinho, an impoverished community in the northern part of the city.
It was the deadliest police operation never performed in Rio de Janeiro.
“Intelligence confirmed that the dead were drug traffickers. They fired at officers to kill. They had orders to confront each other, “Civil Police Chief Allan Turnowski told reporters.
Brazilian officials have identified the 48-year-old officer who died, but none of the others killed in the operation raised concerns from rights groups and residents who have condemned police for using excessive force.
“The number of people killed in this police operation is reprehensible, as is the fact that, once again, this massacre took place in a favela,” said Jurema Werneck, executive director of Amnesty International Brazil. statement.
“Even if the victims were suspected of criminal association, which has not been proven, summary executions of this type are totally unjustifiable. The police have the power to arrest, but the courts have a duty to prosecute and try those suspected of committing crimes.
The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) also condemned the violence, saying it “encourages a long-standing trend of unnecessary and disproportionate use of force” by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Brazilian police in the favelas.
The favelas are home to poor, marginalized and predominantly Afro-Brazilian residents, said OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville. statement Friday.
“We have received worrying reports that after the events, police did not take steps to preserve evidence at the crime scene, which could hamper investigations of this lethal operation,” he said.
Colville urged Brazilian authorities to initiate “an independent, thorough and impartial investigation” into what happened.
Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled last year banning most of these police actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged the South American nation and caused more than 400,000 deaths – the second highest count in the world.