A girl of only 8 years is the latest victim of the violent police of Rio de Janeiro, the dead with a shot in the back during an operation in the favela Complex of the German, one of the largest in the city. The death of the small Ágatha Felix caused the indignation of the brazilians, at a time when you just know the data of the increase in murders caused by police officers.
The small returned home with his grandfather, in a van, when he was hit by a shot in the back. Ágatha was transferred to a hospital, but did not resist and was buried Sunday. The police reported that its officers were attacked by drug traffickers in the favela, in the north zone of Rio, and responded to the aggression.
"do you By chance my granddaughter was armed to be able to get a shot?", questioned Ailton Felix, the grandfather of the girl.
Stories of neighbors, published by the media Voz das comunidades, produced by journalists of the favela, reported the police shot against a motorcycle , and that one of those bullets struck the girl. Family members confirmed that there was no confrontation at that time.
"it Was a single shot. The bike passed, the police are distrusted and fired on the kombi," said Danilo Flexi, uncle of the victim. The van had stopped in that moment to stop that dropped a passenger.
According to data from the Brazilian Yearbook of Public Security disseminated in September, the police violence increased by nearly 20% in the last year, with 6.220 victims in 2018, more than 75% black. Those numbers have been increasing since the inauguration of Wilson Witzel as governor of Rio de Janeiro. Between January and July, 1.075 people were killed in police operations in the city, an increase of 20%.
"the silence of The governor Witzel is deafening with the noise of a girl murdered to rifle shots," he protested in a social network Mônica Francisco, congresswoman black, who represents the favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the legislature.
Witzel, who defends the use of francoatiradores firing from helicopters, did not rule on the murder, despite protests in the city and the impact of the case. The controversial governor, a exjuez, is being denounced by organizations in defense of human rights before international bodies. Aligned to the president Jair Bolsonaro, Witzel also suggests that police officers are not punished for the deaths they cause in conflict.
The favelas of Rio de Janeiro have become the center of the violence, due to conflicts between the police and factions of drug traffickers, in the middle of areas where you live a common population, the most affected by that war. Schools and businesses were closed and the transport left to circulate in the region.
The family refused the money offered by the government to pay for the burial of Ágatha.Updated Date: 23 September 2019, 03:01