Policemen suffer, kill and die in silence in Rio de Janeiro
Lack of training, supervision and psychological support increase the lethality by State agents
Corporal Arthur tried to advance, from shelter to shelter, until he reached the traffickers who were ahead in a slum in the north of Rio de Janeiro. When he did the base position and prepared to progress, he heard a strange noise. It was a rifle shot that popped his colleague’s face, meters behind. The shock made him discredit the scene.
He aborted the mission and called in air support to make it home, as the tank would not be able to pass the barricades. Three days later, following his 24-by-72-hour regime, he was back at work on the streets of the same community, without having talked to any superior or psychologist about what had happened. “How does the head look?”
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