Rio de Janeiro killings by police soar

As murder rate in Brazil's second city drops to lowest level on record, police are killing more people.

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    There were fewer murders in Brazil's second city of Rio de Janeiro last year - but the number of killings by police has soared.

    Killings by police are at their highest levels since the 1990s, with an average of five people a day killed by officers.

    Rights organisations say many officers have killed people in self-defence but some are engaging in summary executions.

    Innocent civilians are often getting caught in the crossfire, as Al Jazeera's John Holman reports.


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