Judicial victories and new laws give strength to mothers of young people killed by police in Rio
Among diseases and threats, women who lost children seek changes so that their group does not grow
A month before the Supreme Court decided to limit police operations in favelas in Rio de Janeiro during the coronavirus pandemic, librarian Catarina da Silveira, 48, was looking for information about her son Rogério da Silveira Júnior, 21. That May 6, the student who belonged to the group at risk for Covid-19 had decided to break the isolation to go to a barbecue at a cousin’s house, in the Danon community, in Nova Iguaçu, in Baixada Fluminense.
I was on the street when the police arrived. The agents say they received a report about a faction fight over there and, when they arrived, were attacked. When the shots started, only Rogério was unable to run, hampered by rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disease that affects the joints. He was shot in the leg and another in the lung. Taken by the police to the hospital, he arrived dead.
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