Police in Brazil have killed at least 2,886 people in the first six months of this year, up 4.3 percent from 2,766 in the same period last year, according to a survey released Monday by the G1 news portal.
The increase in deaths caused by police officers contradicts the trend towards violence in the country, which in the same period saw the number of murders and violent deaths retreat by 22%.
According to the G1, the states of Rio de Janeiro, in the southeast, and Pará, in the north of Brazil, pushed up the lethality indicators caused by the police, although 13 other states in the country reported a decrease in these cases.
In Rio de Janeiro, police were officially responsible for 885 deaths from January to June, as they indicated a 15.1% increase over the same period in 2018. In Pará, police deaths totaled 322 cases, plus 56, 3% on the same basis of comparison.
Already the number of police members killed this year fell by 42%. From January to June, 108 police killings were recorded against 187 deaths in the same period of 2018.
The survey mapped records from the security secretariats of all Brazilian states except Goiás, which did not send any information claiming that the data is confidential.