This scene takes place in Parelheiros, a popular neighborhood in southern São Paulo, on May 30. The pictures, filmed with a mobile phone, were not released until Sunday 12 July at “Fantastico”, a broad-based news magazine from TV Globo. “The more I fought, the more he pressed on my neck,” said the victim, a 51-year-old woman who testified with her face hidden on the show.
This shop owner was arrested in front of the small bar she runs in the neighborhood. That day, bars and restaurants were banned from opening in the city due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The shopkeeper had his bar open. “Customers come, have their drinks and leave,” she says. It was when a customer parked his car outside the bar, with the loud noise, that neighbors called the police, reports the TV show.According to the police, when the agents arrived, several customers were in front of the bar drinking alcoholic beverages. A man, described by the store owner as a friend, was arrested. She says she intervened when he was allegedly brutalized. In pictures filmed in front of the bar, a man actually seems to be lying on the ground on the sidewalk, a policeman on him. The store owner is next.
The prevalence in amateur pictures made by “Fantastico” shows that at the same time, a few meters away, a second policeman points his gun at another man. The latter, who is standing in the middle of the road, takes off his t-shirt and raises his arms in the air as if to abandon himself while several people film the scene. The police then return to their colleague on the sidewalk: in videos broadcast by TV Globo, we can see him push the shop owner away from the man who was arrested on the ground.
The state government in São Paulo announced on Sunday that the police had been suspended from their duties and that an investigation had been launched. “The scenes shown on the Fantastico program are disgusting. The violent and unnecessary behavior of some police officers is unacceptable,” Tweeted Governor João Doria.
Echoing the death of George Floyd in the United States
On Twitter, Erica Hilton, Member of Parliament for the State of São Paulo, writes: “It seems that the police here, instead of being shocked like the rest of the world by the George Floyd case in the United States, decided to imitate barbarism. These images show, according to her, São The racism and ideology of the Paulo government.
Translation: “Now you will read this: a 51-year-old black woman was * suffocated in an arrest * in the same way as George Floyd. It happened here in Brazil, and you do nothing.”
Raull Santiago, a journalist and activist, also compares the case of this woman to George Floyd, adding: “Fortunately, she did not die in this attempted murder.”