A legacy of hope – the Rio Olympics – Time to end police brutality

Police in Brazil have an extremely high rate of killing civilians, one of the highest rates in the world. The Brazilian police say killing civilians is a method to fight crime. As they “prepare” for the World Cup and “get ready” for the Olympics, they are killing for you! Tell them, ”Don’t Kill For ME, Safe Games for ALL”!

SIGN the petition to FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and event sponsors and partners, who have promised us safe games, and demand they work with the Brazilian government to implement the recommendations and projects outlined in our petition to reduce the high rate of police killings committed in the name of our safety. Tell them, ”Don’t Kill For ME, Safe Games for ALL”!

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Liz Martin traveled from tragedy to activism, and Brazil Police Watch is the culmination of that journey. I had the honor of meeting her along the way. Liz pursues her goal of reducing police violence in Brazil with tenacity, a reminder of the power of resilience, conviction, and hope. Her campaign’s focus on the World Cup and the Olympics is timely given the recent wave of police repression of Brazilians protesting inequality and other injustices during the Confederations Cup (June 2013). May Liz reach her goal of contributing to the reduction of police violence, for the sake of all the past and future victims of police violence and all the citizens, residents, and visitors of Brazil who deserve a sound security policy unmarred by chronic abuse, corruption, and ineffectiveness.

- Fernando Delgado *

* Fernando Delgado is a Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School and author of “Lethal Force: Police Violence and Public Security in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo”, Human Rights Watch (2009).

We, the relatives of victims of police violence in Rio de Janeiro, and other human rights activists that make up the Rede de Comunidades e Movimentos Contra a Violência (Network of Communities and Movements against Violence), welcome this important international initiative. The Martin Family, as well as thousands of Brazilian families, have suffered from the arbitrariness of the Brazilian police. We shall continue our work to denounce human rights violations by the public security bodies in the slums and outskirts of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and we are also aware of the rising of repression and the law of exception that has been happening in street protests, as has been predicted will happen during sports mega-events, such as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. We persist in the fight to demilitarize the police, and to respect the dignity, rights and lives of millions of black and poor Brazilians who suffer from the state violence.

- Network of Communities and Movements Against Violence,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A group in Rio of families who have lost members to police violence “Rede de Comunidades e Movimentos Contra a Violência” introduced Liz Martin to us. We were speaking in the United States about our book Living in the Crossfire and wanted to have a victim of police violence join us, Liz shared her story. Our book “belongs to all those who continue to be victimized by state-induced violence but, in spite of it all, continue to believe that the Brazilian system can be modified to provide security for all citizens, with respect for democratic and human rights”. We were surprised when we met an American who had joined this cause. After hearing Liz’s story we understand her commitment and support her efforts. We believe an international campaign that educates people about police violence in Brazil is an important contribution to the work being done in cities and states throughout Brazil. The voices of the poor in Brazil are often silenced by police violence; we welcome an international clarion call for meaningful police reform.

- Maria Helena Moreira Alves and Philip Evanson, authors *

* Living in the Crossfire; Favela Residents, Drug Dealers, and Police Violence in Rio de Janeiro, Temple University Press, 2011. This book has been also published in Portuguese in Brazil , with the title : Vivendo no Fogo Cruzado: Moradores de Favelas, Traficantes de Drogas e Violência Policial no Rio de Janeiro, Fundaçao Editora UNESP, 2013 The Brazilian version is updated with a Prologue that includes analysis of recent events and commentary by Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, of the University of Sao Paulo.