Outrage over Sao Paulo policeman stepping on woman’s neck

The officer steps on her neck with one foot placing his full weight on her neck

SAO PAULO, Brazil -Two military police officers  here are to face criminal charges after pictures were broadcast on TV on the weekend showing one of them stepping on the neck of a black woman.

The victim, a middle-aged owner of a small bar, was then dragged in handcuffs across the pavement.

The recording was made by a person who witnessed the incident in May.

State Governor Joao Doria said he would not tolerate such abuses, and that both officers had been sacked.

The officers’ names have not been released.

The governor added that 2,000 police officers in the Sao Paulo force would now be equipped with body cameras.

The images have stirred considerable anger in Brazil, evoking the death in US police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in Minneapolis on 25 May.