This happened in Cuiabá, state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Two young men were shot dead by police. Policemen say the youths were burglars. While in this particular case everything seems to be the way the cops are said it was, the whole video raised a few questions in my mind:
We all know Brazil is plagued by crime so the police cracking down hard on criminals seems like the only way to break the cycle. But if police get enough freedom to crack down hard on criminals, where will they draw the line? Will they crack down hard on everyone whom they don’t tend to like and just label them “a burglar” to justify the killings? The police state is only a small step away from a dictatorship.
It’s another one of those “you’re fucked if you do, you’re fucked if you don’t” situations. If there was such thing as an incorruptible man, then giving police freedom to crack down hard on criminals would most certainly be the way to deal with crime. But there isn’t. Our species is filth that puts self interest before anything else. The only difference is that some are better at masking their self interest with public service than others.