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 Word has it, the offer was later rescinded after a complaint regarding his behavior was filed with the state’s prosecution office.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.
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
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