The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others have prompted an overdue reckoning with issues of racism in policing in the United States. The demands for police reform, accountability, and racial justice have resonated around the world, particularly in countries that face similar challenges. In Brazil last month, protests erupted in Rio de Janeiro following the killing by police of João Pedro Matos Pinto, a 14-year-old Black Brazilian. Studies show that though Afro-Brazilians make up 55 percent of the population, they account for 75 percent of those killed by police.
What do recent cases of police violence reveal about systemic racism in the United States and Brazil? What parallels and differences exist between the countries? What are the prospects for police reform in each country, and what should a reform agenda look like?
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US representative for Texas’ 20th congressional district (@JoaquinCastrotx)
Director of Programs, Amnesty International Brazil (@AlexandraMontg2)
Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
Program Director, Igarapé Institute (@MelinaRisso)
Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)