Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate death squads in north­ern Brazil

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

SAO PAULO— Po­lice in Brazil’s north­ern city of Manaus say they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if death squads formed by po­lice of­fi­cers or drug gangs were be­hind the week­end killings of 35 peo­ple. The killings be­gan Fri­day night af­ter a po­lice of­fi­cer was shot dead out­side a bank. The killings oc­curred over the next two days in dif­fer­ent parts of the city. Or­lando Amaral of the Manaus civil po­lice said Tues­day that they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the killings could have been com­mit­ted by po­lice of­fi­cers as an act of reprisal for the mur­der of their col­league, or re­sulted from fight­ing among drug gangs. Manaus will host football matches dur­ing the 2016 Olympic Games.

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