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Report: Rape and robbery committed by Brazil cops, soldiers

October 4, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A report by the ombudsman of Rio de Janeiro’s public defender’s office says it has received several allegations of rape, robbery, physical abuse and home invasions committed by police and soldiers since mid-February when the military was put in charge of the state’s security forces amid a spike in violent crime.

The ombudsman’s office said Thursday the report is based on statements from the residents of 15 shantytowns during the first five months after the armed forces assumed control of the state’s public security.

The public defender’s office said the abuses described in the report were committed by both police officers and military personnel.

It added that it still has to gather testimony from residents in another 15 shantytowns to complete its report.

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