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Bahian Polícia Militar | Post-Massacre, Intimidation

Item: Salvador police threaten community in the wake of massacre, Amnesty reports

Source: CartaCapital | Wanderley Preite Sobrinho

«Military police of Salvador, Bahia threaten community after massacre, charges Amnesty International»

Since residents organized a march against special-ops group Rondesp that left 12 dead at the beginning of February, troopers have begun treating residents with more hostility and intimidation …

Overpowered and unarmed. This is how the 12 youths allegedly murdered by the PM Bahia on February 6 are described by residents of the Cabula neighborhood, on the periphery of Salvador. As the version of residents who witnessed the massacre began to spread, the PM began intensive patrolling of the neighborhood and making threats against residents.

The story began to circulate on February 11, when Cabula residents decided to stage a march through the community and ending at the community soccer field, thexecutede precise spot where two of the youths were allegedly forced to their knees and executed.

Since then, the massacre version has spread and police have begun frequent visits to the neighborhood and to behave in a threatening manner. “Since the march, the presence of the PM has been constant and threatening. They frighten people. This conduct is used to dissuade witnesses from testifying in a court of law,” says Renata.

Even before the march, police were making threats against activist Enderson Araújo, who has left Salvador. He says he was approached by a PM while coming out of a bakery on February 9.. “He said it would be best for me to lower my accusing finger and stop writing because I could expect no protection [from the PM],” Araújo recalls, who believes the threat was motivated by an article he published on the Web site of Carta Capital magazine on the massacre involving PM.

The story told by residents contrasts with the narrative of the police agents of RONDESP — the BOPE (Rio SWAT). The unit said the 9 agents involved were exchanging gunfire with 30 suspects of planning a bank robbery. The deaths were therefore classified as “resistance followed by death” — an act of resistance– which covers bodily harm or death deriving from a police intervention. Not a single PM, however, was wounded or killed during the supposed shoot-out.

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Questioned by CartaCapital, the state public safety secretary (SSP-BA) said the nine troopers had not been suspended from duty. Amnesty called this a grave error: “In such cases it is ideal take the officer off the streets and provide psychological treatment.” “Killing a person is no small matter, but the killing of 12 is even more so, Renata says. She said she hs evidence that the crime scene was not preserved for forensic investigation. “If the police involved are still on active duty, this means that their weapons were not taken for analysis.”

Little is known of what the new governor of the state, Rui Costa (PT), intends to do 12 days after the incident. So far, his only statement was to state that a PM with a pistol in his hand “is like a center-forward facing the penalty kick.”

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Sought for comment by CC, the governor did not respond, refused to meet with Amnesty, and failed to appear at a meeting with social movements scheduled for February 10.

PT defends governor

The president of the PT in Bahia, Everaldo Anunciação, said the freeing of the police suspects guarantees that they will not be convicted [in public opinion] prior to the official investigation, which must be completed on March 10. Regarding the PT position pm the case, he said he expected a “aggressive and deep” investigation, and promised: “the governor has no tolerance for this kind of conservative behavior.”

The SSP-BA promises to be the Achilles’ Heel of Rui Costa, elected governor for the first time in the last election. The incidence oItem: Salvador police threaten community in the wake of massacre, Amnesty reports

Source: CartaCapital | Wanderley Preite Sobrinho

«Military police of Salvador, Bahia threaten community after massacre, charges Amnesty International»

Since residents organized a march against special-ops group Rondesp that left 12 dead at the beginning of February, troopers have begun treating residents with more hostility and intimidation …

Overpowered and unarmed. This is how the 12 youths allegedly murdered by the PM Bahia on February 6 are described by residents of the Cabula neighborhood, on the periphery of Salvador. As the version of residents who witnessed the massacre began to spread, the PM began intensive patrolling of the neighborhood and making threats against residents.

The story began to circulate on February 11, when Cabula residents decided to stage a march through the community and ending at the community soccer field, thexecutede precise spot where two of the youths were allegedly forced to their knees and executed.

f homicides in Bahia shot up from 24,8% para 34,4 in 2007-2013, according to the latest Brazilian Yearbook of Public Security.

But Bahia is not only the state with the most homicides (5,440 in 2013), Near Salvador is one of the most violent cities in Brazil: Simões Filho has a murder rate of 141.5 homicídios per 100,000, surpassing the second-place Campina Grande do Sul, in Paraná, where the ratio is 107/100k.

“The SSP-BA does not publish the killings committed by police,” Renata says, with regret.

Informally – based on data from police precincts the Yearbook puts the number of persons executed by state agents, both on-duty and off-, at 313.