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‘Douche du Jour’: Brazilian Police Filmed Shooting Unarmed Child 5 Times at Point-Blank Range– Boy Survives

Five police officers in the Brazilian state of Amazonas have been arrested following the release of a videotape in which some of them are seen shooting an unarmed 14-year-old boy, the BBC reports. The crime occurred last August in Manaus, the state capital, but has only recently come to the public’s attention.

In the video, the officers push the teenager around before shooting him five times in the chest. He survived and is now in a witness protection program with his family. The family, as well as the person in charge of the security camera that caught the crime, said they waited to release the video because they feared retaliation.

The officers involved face charges of attempted murder. “I have been fighting crime for 30 years, but every time I see those images I feel indignation and disgust,” Amazonas state prosecutor Joao Bosco Sa Valente told the Folha de São Paulo.

This is far from the first time Brazilian police have used excessive force, especially against poor people of color. The 1993 Candelária Massacre, in which eight street children were executed in downtown Rio de Janeiro, was carried out by off-duty police officers, among others.

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