Brazil po­lice ac­cused of plant­ing gun on shot teenager

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Five Brazil­ian po­lice­men have been ar­rested af­ter mo­bile phone footage ap­peared to show an of­fi­cer plac­ing a gun in the hand of a teenager they had shot dead in a Rio de Janeiro favela.

The film, shared on so­cial media, shows po­lice­men stand­ing over 17-year-old Ed­uardo Vic­tor’s blood-stained body.

One of the of­fi­cers ap­pears to place a hand-gun in the dead youth’s hand.

Po­lice say they had been at­tacked and acted in self de­fence, but the vic­tim’s fam­ily say he was killed in cold blood.

The BBC’s Wyre Davies in Rio says po­lice in the city are of­ten ac­cused of ad­min­is­ter­ing ar­bi­trary jus­tice against those they con­sider to be crim­i­nals.

A wit­ness in the Prov­i­den­cia favela, or shan­ty­town, told Brazil’s Globo TV net­work that the vic­tim had sur­ren­dered.

“He was armed but he sur­ren­dered,” she said. “Af­ter he raised his hands, they shot him.”

In the video - shot by a lo­cal res­i­dent - a po­lice­man places the gun into the dead boy’s hand and fires it into the air, pos­si­bly to give the im­pres­sion that the boy had used it him­self, our cor­re­spon­dent says.

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