PMs who participated in an action at Morro do Salgueiro should be heard this week

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The Homicide Precinct of Niterói, São Gonçalo, Itaboraí and Maricá wants to hear this week from the officers of the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) who participated in the action that resulted in the death of at least eight people in Complexo do Salgueiro, in São Gonçalo, in the Metropolitan Region of Rio.

Investigators want to find out whether the deaths were the result of an exchange of fire or an execution.

The Public Ministry of the State of Rio de Janeiro (MPRJ) also instituted a Criminal Investigation Procedure (PIC) to investigate the operation and analyze possible violations of rights practiced by the military police.

This Monday (22), a team from the MP was at the site to listen to residents and gather information. An expert from the Ministry was also appointed to accompany the examination of the bodies at the Instituto Médico Legal (IML).

The victims were found in an area of ​​mangrove swamps and removed from the site by family members, in the early hours of Monday (22).

TO CNN Radio, Lieutenant Colonel Ivan Blaz, a PM spokesman, said that the operation, which took place over the weekend, after the death of a sergeant, was aimed at combating crime in the area.

“If you have a population, in general, being victims of vehicle theft, murder and violence, that does require police participation.” The forensic carried out on the spot shows that part of the dead had passed through the police.

One of the dead, identified as Rafael, is the brother of caregiver Débora Santos. She says that Rafael was unemployed, but that he had no experience with the police or involvement in drug trafficking. “I was never caught even to hit. Not even the police ever caught him, not even to slap him,” he says.

The authorities’ response, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch, came too late.

“Once again, we see a police operation resulting in a large number of deaths in Rio de Janeiro following the murder of a police officer. And, once again, this is an operation poorly explained and full of question marks. The Civil Police only arrived at the scene 15 hours after the shootings”, says an excerpt from the note.

The Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro criticized the performance of BOPE in the community and said that the action has “remnants of a revenge operation, unfortunately a police officer dies and has a disorderly operation just to leave bodies on the ground. ”, affirms the deputy Renata Souza, president of the Commission.

In a statement, the Military Police informed that the command of the corporation has already opened a Military Police Inquiry to investigate all the circumstances of the action and collaborates with the investigations.

“The teams were attacked in the vicinity of an area of ​​mangrove forest, which resulted in an intense confrontation. Two pistols were seized during the action, 14 9mm caliber ammunition, 56 762 caliber rifle ammunition, five magazines (02 for a rifle and 03 for a pistol), a camouflage uniform, 813 marijuana tablets, 3,734 white powder bags and 3,760 plastic bags material similar to crack”, says an excerpt from the note.

Actions coordinated by the police in communities are suspended by order of the Supreme Court during the coronavirus pandemic. The president of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Luiz Fux, included for judgment next Thursday (25) the action that deals with lethality in police operations in the state of Rio de Janeiro.

The trial started in May of this year, but was stopped after minister Alexandre de Moares asked to see the process.

The Allegation of Non-Compliance with a Fundamental Precept, an artifice of law that seeks to combat acts that disrespect the so-called fundamental precepts of the Constitution, was filed by the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), the Public Defender’s Office and civil society entities.

This same action was the one that last year determined the suspension of police operations in the state of Rio de Janeiro while the new Coronavirus pandemic lasted.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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