25 killed in Rio de Janeiro police operation

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Just days after the new governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro, took office saying he would prioritize reducing crime, at least 25 people, including one police officer, have been killed in a police operation in its capital, according to the New York Times.

The Guardian reports around 200 police targeted an alleged drug trafficker gang in the working class district of Jacarezinho. Intense gunfire erupted as they entered the area in the early morning, according to local media outlet Globo.

A police helicopter flew low as armed men fled by jumping between rooftops, according to images shown on local television seen by the BBC.

The Associated Press spoke to witnesses describing police killing already wounded men. Nadine Borges, vice president of the human rights commission at Brazil's bar association, told the New York Times: "There were executions of people who had already surrendered ... It was absolute barbarism."

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of Jacarezinho area of Rio de Janeiro
2. Police firing towards alleged drug traffickers
3. Alleged drug traffickers fleeing on rooftops
4. Officer threatening a man who has surrendered
5. Alleged drug trafficker fires at police
6. Crossfire hits a passenger train

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Just days after the new governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro, took office saying he would prioritize reducing crime, at least 25 people, including one police officer, have been killed in a police operation in its capital, according to the New York Times."

"The Guardian reports around 200 police targeted an alleged drug trafficker gang in the working class district of Jacarezinho. Intense gunfire erupted as they entered the area in the early morning, according to local media outlet Globo."

"A police helicopter flew low as armed men fled by jumping between rooftops, according to images shown on local television seen by the BBC."

"The Associated Press spoke to witnesses describing police killing already wounded men. Nadine Borges, vice president of the human rights commission at Brazil's bar association, told the New York Times: 'There were executions of people who had already surrendered,' adding, 'It was absolute barbarism.'"

"Rodrigo Oliveira, a deputy police chief, said officers conducted themselves lawfully, adding that 'the only execution that took place was that of the police officer.'"

"At least two train passengers were struck by stray bullets as their train was caught in crossfire, according to the New York Times."


SOURCES: The Guardian, BBC, Globo, Associated Press, The New York Times
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/06/rio-de-janeiro-police-raid-favela-jacarezinho
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-57013206
https://g1.globo.com/rj/rio-de-janeiro/noticia/2021/05/06/operacao-jacarezinho-relato-moradores.ghtml
https://apnews.com/article/latin-america-92e85a0197b2e208182caba28f7b5aaa
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/06/world/americas/brazil-rio-police-shootout.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/05/rio-governors-video-with-police-snipers-called-out-as-a-show-off