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Police Killings Increased In Rio

Police Killings Increased In Rio

Police in Rio are breaking records ahead of the 2016 Olympics. In the past seven years, they've killed more than 2,500 people in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Police killings increased in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup.

2013 - 400 killed
2014 - 580 killed
2015 - 645 killed

At least 100 people were killed by police in the first half of 2016. Young black men from favelas are the majority of victims of police shootings. The state of Rio had promised to "improve public security," but Amnesty International says Rio has a "shoot first, ask questions later" policy.