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Graham Denyer Willis

In: The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing

Chapter 28: Police, ‘Police’ and the Urban

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Police, ‘Police’ and the Urban
Police, Police and the Urban
Graham Denyer Willis
INTRODUCTION

On September 26, 2012, Florisvaldo de Oliveira was shot no less than twenty times as he stepped out of his car, parked on the curb near his house. In the small Brazilian city of Pindamonhagaba, hours distant from the sprawling twenty million-strong metropolis of São Paulo, he died laid out on the asphalt. The assailants had been expecting him. A devout Pentecostal Christian, he was approached by two men when he arrived home from a church service near midnight with his family. One shot him repeatedly with a .380 calibre handgun. The other used a .45, made, according to some media reports, in the United States and restricted for use in the American ...

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