RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - June 2020 marked the explosion of worldwide antiracist protests after the death of African-American George Floyd, murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. At the same time that demonstrations by the Black Lives Matter movement were replicating in the country, the violence of the Brazilian police against black people was also escalating in the peripheries.
In São Paulo alone there were at least four cases of torture or abuse of authority by state police in June. A study by the Brazilian Public Safety Forum points out that police lethality in São Paulo grew . . .