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Ex-Police Officers Arrested in Killing of Marielle Franco in Brazil

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Mar 13, 2019 11:46 AM 1+ week ago

BRAZIL: Two former police officers have been arrested for the murder of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman and activist Marielle Franco. Ronnie Lessa, a retired police officer, and Elcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former military police officer, were arrested yesterday morning. Lessa allegedly fired the gun that killed Franco and her driver, while de Queiroz drove the vehicle. Franco's assassination shocked Brazilians and caused protests around the world. Tomorrow, March 14, marks the one-year anniversary of her death. Franco was a prominent Afro-Brazilian and LGBTQ activist who denounced police violence in favelas.

Investigators said the crime was meticulously planned over three months but did not explain the motive. Lessa was arrested in the same upscale condominium where President Jair Bolsonaro lives. Media also reported that his son, Carlos Bolsonaro, dated Lessa's daughter. Images have appeared on social media of Lessa posing with Bolsonaro. More arrests are expected, and marches honoring Franco's life will be held on the anniversary of her murder.


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