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More officers may be charged for Rio slum killing

October 16, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio de Janeiro’s prosecutor’s office says more police officers may be charged in the killing of a slum dweller.

Press officer Sergio Duran says the exact number is not clear, “but it could be more than 10.”

Prosecutors already have charged 10 police officers suspected of torturing and killing bricklayer Amarildo de Souza in the Rocinha slum.

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.

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

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

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