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Brazilian police officers cause outrage after posing for selfies with murderous druglord Rogerio Avelino da Silva

December 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Brazilian police officers cause outrage after posing for selfies with murderous druglord Rogerio Avelino da Silva

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Authorities in Brazil are confronted with an angry backlash after posing for pictures with notorious kingpin Rogerio Avelino da Silva who is accused of extortion, drug-trafficking, and various homicides.

da Silva, who goes by the nickname Rogerio 157, was arrested in what should have been a victory for investigators fighting the bloody violence that troubles the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

The 35-year-old is believed to be partially responsible for a recent surge of deadly crime in Rocinha, Rio’s largest favela, which saw his men engage in gun battles against gangsters loyal to a rival drug lord.

Brazilian Police officers were slammed for posing for selfies with a notorious drug kingpin

However, the apprehension of one of Brazil’s most wanted criminals has now been dominated by the emergence of smiling selfies snapped by the cops who took him into custody.

The photos, which were shared on WhatsApp and other social media outlets, Mr da Silva handcuffed next to officers with big smiles, The Independent reported.

In some pictures, Rogerio Avelino da Silva himself is also smiling, while in others he seems stone-faced as the cops laugh.

The selfies controlled the headlines in Brazil over the weekend and had since gained significant attention across Latin America.

The images, shared on WhatsApp and then across social media, show da Silva handcuffed next to officers with beaming smiles.

One Brazilian, Tammara Colttro, said on Twitter: “I’m looking at the newspaper and seeing the absurdity of cops getting selfies with a thief as if he were a prize.”

Zori Mesquita, said: “This is a shameful rampage, taking photos with a bandit as if he were a rock star.”

Ricardo Capelli, a politician from the Brazilian state of Maranhao, wrote an editorial that stated: “Brazil has the third largest prison population on the planet. It’s irrational to commemorate another arrest when we should be asking ourselves why we have so many.”

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