Brazil Cops Filmed Shooting Unarmed Teen

5 officers face attempted murder charges
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2011 1:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Five Brazilian police officers filmed shooting an unarmed 14-year-old boy in the Amazon city of Manaus have been arrested. The boy was hit five times but survived, and spent several days in intensive care with a punctured lung, reports AP. The shooting happened last summer but only came to light this week after the man who took the video released it to several television stations. The boy and his mother are now in a witness protection program.

"They only felt safe when they were entered into the program, and were told the officers would be detained," said the lead prosecutor. "What these officers did was barbaric. They completely ignored the basic task of police, which is to protect the public." The officers involved claim they were questioning the boy, who has no criminal record, about a gun used in a crime in the neighborhood. They'll face attempted murder charges.

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