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Rio de Janeiro police blamed for slum killing

October 2, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Investigators in Rio de Janeiro are asking that 10 police officers be charged in the torture and killing of a slum dweller.

Police investigators said Wednesday that the officers are suspected of torturing and killing Amarildo de Souza in the Rocinha slum. He was a bricklayer and the father of six children.

Investigators believe the officers later discarded Souza’s remains, which have not been found.

Under Brazilian law, prosecutors now have 30 days to decide whether to file charges against the officers.

The case sparked outrage in Brazil, with protesters taking to the streets demanding that police be held accountable in the case.

Souza was last seen in police custody in the slum. The officers say they let him go shortly after taking him in for questioning about gang activities.

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