Eight men found a mangrove in Rio de Janeiro after a cop was shot, were ‘stabbed’
The wife of one of eight men found dead in a mangrove after a police operation in a Rio de Janeiro slum claims her husband was forcibly removed from their home and executed by police after an officer was ambushed had been killed.
The bodies were found Monday morning by residents in the Salgueiro favela complex after Sergeant Leandro Rumbelsperger da Silva, 38, was murdered on Saturday.
A series of gun battles broke out between an elite special military police team and a gang in the municipality of São Gonçalo on Saturday and Sunday evenings before the bodies were discovered in the mangrove.
The wife of one of the dead men, who refused to give her name in an interview with Brazilian newspaper Extra Globo, said Jhonata Klando Pacheco Sodré, 28, was removed from their home and killed by authorities, along with seven others. people in the swamp. .
“They took them alive, stabbed them to death,” she said, as quoted by G1. “All of them have no genitals, except those who have no eyes, no legs, no arms.”
Pacheco Sodré, who was married for nine years, had a criminal record that included drug trafficking and theft, the online news portal reports.
Residents stand by the bodies of some of the eight people who were found dead Monday in a mangrove in Rio de Janeiro’s Salgueiro slum.
Police officers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, watch as firefighters remove one of eight bodies found Monday by residents in a mangrove near the Salgueiro slum
Jhonata Klando Pacheco Sodré’s wife said he was forcibly removed from their home before being found dead Monday in a mangrove in a slum outside of Rio de Janeiro.
Sergeant Leandro Rumbelsperger da Silva, who was assigned to the 7th Battalion of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police, was ambushed on Saturday by alleged gang members and shot dead while he was patrolling the Salgueiro slum.
Igor da Costa Coutinho, 24, reportedly shot Sergeant Rumbelsperger da Silva before dying after a gunfight Sunday night
The gruesome find comes after 75 members of the Military Police’s Special Operations Battalion were deployed to regain control of the slum, according to an internal police memo discovered by Extra Globo.
The slum is overrun by drug gangs operated under the leadership of Antônio Ilario Ferreira, who was released from prison in 2019 after serving a 27-year sentence.
At least eight police officers used their weapons in the operation that killed nine people.
Authorities have denied that any of the officers involved in the operation tortured the men in the mangrove.
Cleonice da Silva Araújo told Extra Globo that her brother Élio da Silva Araújo, 52, who was arrested in 2013 for theft, was allegedly “beheaded” by police.
“If he was shot, I would accept that,” said Cleonice da Silva Araújo. “But they beheaded my brother. Unfortunately, that’s how justice works.’
Élio da Silva Araújo (right) and Carlos Eduardo Curado de Almeida (left) were among eight men whose bodies were found in a mangrove. Araujo’s sister said 52-year-old was ‘beheaded’
Vinícius Medeiros de SouzaI (left) and Ítalo George Barbosa de Souza (right) were among eight bodies found by residents in a mangrove in a slum outside of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rafael Menezes Alves (left) was shot in the leg and chest, according to his sister. The body of David Wilson Oliveira Antunes was found next to the body of Menezes Alves
Authorities identified 17-year-old Kauã Brenner Gonçalves Miranda, pointing to the camouflage clothing he was wearing, which put him in contact with the criminal network operating in the slum.
His mother told the news station that one of his fingers had been cut off.
News channel O GLOBO was given access to autopsies performed on eight of the suspects found in the mangrove that showed they had been hit in the head and chest by rifle bullets. However, the report did not mention any signs of torture or wounds as claimed by the families.
Sergeant Rumbelsperger da Silva, a married father of two who belonged to the 7th Military Police Battalion, was shot while patrolling the slum around 6 a.m. local time on Saturday.
Military police identified one of the suspects in the shooting as Igor da Costa Coutinho, 24, who was shot during a shootout on Sunday night and died in an ambulance while rushed to a nearby hospital.
So far, 7th Battalion officers have killed 1,096 people this year, the highest of any battalion in the state, and a 17% increase from the first nine months of last year.
Firefighters cover dead bodies found Monday by residents in Rio de Janeiro’s Salgueiro slum