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Brazilians Outraged By Police Brutality

By Compiled From Wire Services

Outraged by televised scenes of police torturing and shooting drivers to extort money from them, Brazilians demanded swift punishments for the officers Tuesday.

Amateur video footage broadcast Monday on TV Globo showed police torturing a number of men, shooting two and killing one.

The Sao Paulo State Security Bureau said nine of the 10 officers shown in the footage were arrested on March 26 and suspended.

“They are nothing more than uniformed bandits,” said Sao Paulo state prosecutor Luiz Antonio Marrey. “They are cops who transformed themselves into criminals, for they have committed the crimes of murder, assault, extortion and abuse of authority.”

The footage, filmed on two occasions last month, showed 10 policemen trying to extort money from drivers to let them pass through a roadblock.

On March 3, cameras recorded the police beating a man with clubs for several minutes before taking him behind a wall. Screams were heard, and then a shot. TV Globo said its reporters later found the victim alive.

The footage from March 7 showed police beating a man with nightsticks before letting him and two other people return to their car.

As the car was pulling away, an officer fired two shots. TV Globo reported one shot killed Mario Jose Josinho, who was riding in the back.

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