Target: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
Goal: Reform the police program in Brazil to stop the increasing number of police officers murdering civilians.
Last year in Brazil there were more than 58,000 violent deaths, with murder as the top cause of violent death and killings by on- or off-duty police officers in second place. Recently, five five police officers and a municipal guard in Sao Paolo were arrested on suspicion of involvement in a recent massacre where 19 people were murdered in Brazil’s biggest metropolitan area.
The total number of deaths in Brazil is one of the highest in the world, posing extreme risks for the country hosting the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. While police brutality seems to be an epidemic across the globe, it’s obvious that it’s a particularly huge problem in Brazil that must be addressed before it gets worse.
Urge Brazilian officials to reform police departments across the country in order to stop the increasing numbers of violent deaths of Brazilian citizens by on- or off-duty police officers.
Dear President Rousseff,
Killings by on- or off-duty police officers is the second highest factor contributing to the more than 58,000 violent deaths in Brazil last year. It’s insane that police are linked to a massacre of 19 people in Sao Paolo. Police brutality is a massive issue that must be dealt with quickly and efficiently to stop more unnecessary deaths to people who rely on police to protect them but are instead being murdered by those police.
With the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, not another day can go by that this remains as big of an issue as it already is. I urge you to reform police departments across the country in order to stop the increasing numbers of violent deaths of Brazilian citizens by on- or off-duty police officers.
[Your Name Here]
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