Trends and Patterns of Police-Related Deaths in Brazil

  • Vania Ceccato
  • Silas N. Melo
  • Tulio Kahn


This chapter characterizes state-level trends and patterns of police-related deaths in Brazil—civilian deaths at the hands of, and in confrontation with, the police. The chapter builds on the most recent literature of police-related deaths and relies on new data to characterize trends and the geography of police-related deaths in Brazil from two complementary sources. Although some states have seen an overall decrease in homicides, the number of recorded police killings is on the rise. The geography of police killings at the state level reflects a culture of violence in the country fed by a number of multiple factors, among them, impunity.


Police killings Police-related deaths Extrajudicial killing Homicide regional patterns Spatial statistics Brazil 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vania Ceccato
    • 1
  • Silas N. Melo
    • 2
  • Tulio Kahn
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Urban Planning and EnvironmentRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of CampinasSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Fundação Espaço DemocráticoSão PauloBrazil

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