Brazil police may be to blame for 35 execution-style killings over weekend

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 7/22/2015

Detectives in Manaus are investigating whether police death squads or criminal gangs were involved in a rash of execution-style killings that left 35 people dead in just three days.

As the authorities flooded the streets with officers to reassure a nervous public, city officials were forced to admit that the police themselves may have been responsible for the worst weekend of homicide in recent memory.

Detectives suspect the wave of killings may have been sparked by the murder of military police sergeant Afonso Camacho Dia, who was shot and robbed as he left a bank with more than £10,000 ($15,631.95) in cash on Friday.

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