RIO DE JANEIRO – Shootings in Rio de Janeiro have increased by 40 percent in the six months that the Brazilian military has been responsible for public safety in the area, while deaths in incidents involving the security forces are at a 30-year high, according to a study released on Thursday.
Since mid-February, when President Michel Temer ordered the army to intervene in Rio de Janeiro state, as many as 736 people have died in raids, while an additional 2,617 have been victims of homicide.
The data was provided by a report by the Center for Public Safety Studies at Candido Mendes University in Rio.
“The figures are alarming,” the center’s Silvia Ramos said. “Clashes, shootings, killings and deaths caused by security forces grew by a lot.”
Ramos also said that, at the current rate, 2018 may end with as many as 1,800 people dead in clashes with security forces.