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Could this be real? Police brutality by pepper spray!

Could this possibly be real?  Or is this an edited photo?  Yes, it can be real, and it is!  This is not an urban legend!  This disgrace occurred at a protest in (Niterói) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  A child is being attacked with pepper spray by a police officer.  You know… a keeper of the peace.

Rio de Janeiro “police officer”, Bruno Schorcht, pepper sprayed several people; including women and children, during a public protest.  Apparently, this outrageous behavior warranted something I wouldn’t expect.  Can you say promotion? Yep!  The jerk in the 1st photo, Bruno Schorcht, was actually offered a transfer to another battalion, with a promotion to the rank of Major.  Word has it, the offer was later rescinded after a complaint regarding his behavior was filed with the state’s prosecution office. One news report states that Schorcht was “departed immediately by the general commander of the Military Police, Colonel Mario Sergio Duarte.”  Did they mean deported?  Haha! Not!  Or did they mean he was just immediately taken away from the scene once all of the pictures were taken?  Regardless, he didn’t and hasn’t gotten what he deserves.

This protest was apparently originally about the non-payment of rent.  That’s right!  Hundreds of people lost their homes during the rain season last year in Niterói. They refused to pay their rent, and it is said that they also didn’t receive a $400 benefit they should have received for losing their homes.  This led to the public outcry, which as is depicted here, led to police brutality.

There was another publicly known victim during this incident.  Rezende Gustavo Barreto, a waiter, had to wear sunglasses during the day and night because his eyes were so damaged from the pepper spray.  What I also found disturbing is that only one person, in the first 2 pictures, seemed to even notice or care what was happening. If you look carefully at the 1st picture, you see one person pointing in vain at the sorry excuse for an officer. Maybe they are all just too used to this kind of deplorable behavior.  It is also possible that the others don’t want to become victims of this brutality.

Once these images went viral, the state prosecutor began an investigation and filed a complaint against the two military police officers in July.  The complaint was against Captain Bruno Schorcht, and soldier D’Angelo de Matos Pinel, and it demanded their immediate suspension for abuse of authority.  I do not know the final or ongoing result of those charges, or if they were officially filed.  If I find out any additional information, I will post an update here.

These pics were posted on April 4th of this year, but the incident actually took place on March 23rd (we believe) during the demonstration.

Photos by: Peter Kirilos of O Globo in Rio de Janeiro

Thanks for reading!


8 responses

  1. Cant wait to see future post


    October 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    • Anita

      Thanks for your support!


      October 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

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  3. Wow . . . this is incredibly disturbing.

    I think the guy in the white shirt in the second picture also noticed and cared . . . It looks like he’s pointing at the “police officer” much like the woman in the first picture.

    I am completely unfamiliar with this story. If I remember, I’ll search for an update later . . . or if you find something, please let me know.


    October 24, 2011 at 6:27 am

    • Anita

      Yes, quite disturbing! I looked for updated information last night, but I was unable to find anything. As soon as I find out anything, I will post an update.


      October 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    • Anita

      Oh, and regarding the people that were pointing… I specifically pointed out the person in the 1st photo because the man in the 2nd photo was very evident. Thus the statement: “What I found the most interesting is that only one person in EACH picture seemed to even notice or care what was happening.” LOL! 😉


      October 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

      • Well then you’ve lost me because I don’t see anyone in the 3rd picture who seemed to notice or care! 😛


        October 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm

        • Anita

          Nope. Just the first two pics. 😛


          October 30, 2011 at 11:52 am


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