Police officer who knocked out black man in Brazil under investigation for calling him a ‘n*****’ [VIDEO]
Shocking moment cop knocks out black man in Brazil as department investigates allegations officers called him a ‘n*****’
- Two white São Paulo police officers identified by their last names, Oliveira and Soares, are under investigation for beating up Kaio Souza, a black man
- Souza and two men, who are also black, refused to stop their motorcycles before being questioned for alleged drink-driving
- Video footage shows Oliveira pushing Souza several times during a heated exchange before knocking Souza to the ground
- Souza and the two men were charged with public intoxication, disobedience and resistance. Oliveira was subpoenaed for bodily harm
- The Internal Affairs Department of Military Policy has opened an investigation into Dietrich and Oliveira, who are currently on office duty
Brazilian authorities have launched an investigation after a white police officer on a mobile phone video punched a black man in the face during a traffic stop, then called him a “n***** and garbage collector.”
The incident took place on Saturday in the city of Caieras in São Paulo. Two motorcyclists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Footage was captured as Kaio Souza argued with a São Paulo military police officer identified as Corporal Oliveira. Several words were exchanged before Oliveira pushed Souza again while his partner, identified only by his last name Dietrich, tried to keep the other two men away.
The first names of the officers were not released.
Moments later, Souza steps towards Oliveira, who pushes him back and then punches him in the face. Oliveira approaches one of the other individuals being questioned and appears to order him against a wall before two more officers arrive on the scene.
Still image from a video in which Corporal Oliveira of the São Paulo (Brazil) Military Police punches Kaio Souza just after a traffic stop turned violent on Saturday. Oliveira, a white man allegedly named Souza, who is a black man, and the other two people who were questioned, ‘n****’
Screenshot of Kaio Souza lying on the ground after being punched in the face by a police officer in São Paulo, Brazil, on Saturday. Souza and two other men rode on motorcycles and initially refused to stop when instructed to do so by two police officers from the Marechaussee.
According to the Brazilian newspaper UOL band, Souza was unconscious and had to be admitted to Caieras Hospital.
He and the three other men were charged with public intoxication, resistance and disobedience. They were fined an undisclosed amount and released. It is not known whether Souza was riding any of the motorcycles.
Oliveira was subpoenaed for bodily harm and given desk duty. Dietrich is also under investigation for his role in the incident.
Journalism Bridge reported that Oliveira said he threw a punch “in the region of the chin and mouth” at Souza, who tried to attack him.
Online news portal G1, an officer seized the cell phone of one of the individuals and threw it in a garbage can near the scene of the incident. The device was recovered and the footage of the incident was forwarded to the police station, where investigators are reviewing it.
Police officer Oliveira (left) and Kaio Souza (right) stare at each other before the officer slaps Souza in the face during a traffic stop
Screen shots show São Paulo, Brazil, Agents Dietrich (left) and Oliveira (center) instructing Elizeu Soares (pictured in the white t-shirt) and two other men to step back before Oliveira punched Soares
Military Police Ombudsman Elizeu Soares told the outlet that Souza was the victim of “racism.”
“Everything indicates that the police officers committed the crime of abuse of power and bodily harm, with the unnecessary aggression of one of the police officers,” Soares said.
Soares added that “there (details) point to the crime of racism by the police officers,” pointing out that one of the officers threw a racist insult at the individuals.
“In my opinion, the way the police have approached the (interrogated) persons because they are black, they have no motivation to approach (them),” Soares said.