Members of the Military Police who participated in the operation that killed at least eight were in a bar before and after the killing.

Domingos Grilo Serrinha e correspondent in Brazil
November 24, 2021 at 07:31

Police officers who participated in the operation that on Sunday left at least eight dead in a favela in Complexo do Salgueiro, in the metropolitan area of ​​Rio de Janeiro, celebrated after the killing in a bar with a swimming pool 500 meters from where they left the bodies, which were only found. on Monday by the victims’ own relatives after the agents left.Residents reported that men from elite groups of the Military Police invaded the bar, closed by the police days before, drinking and having fun from the afternoon until early Sunday night. At night, they left, went to the forest and mangrove area next to the bar, where the bodies were found, and then went back to having fun in the pool until dawn on Monday, while two armored vehicles protected the place.
The operation came a day after a PM sergeant was killed in the region during a patrol. A large police force occupied the favela, exchanged fire at various points with suspected suspects, and overnight attacked the group of alleged criminals who had hidden in the mangrove swamp, killing them all. According to witnesses, the bodies bore marks of torture and execution at close range. Rio’s Public Defender’s Office said it had no doubts that the police action was revenge and the UN has already demanded an independent investigation.

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