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The Use of Lethal Force by the Police in Rio de Janeiro and the Pacification Process

  • Beatriz Magaloni

In this video, Stanford Professor Beatriz Magaloni discusses her ongoing research on police practices in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In describing her findings, she explores the connections between poverty, crime, and police violence—topics just as relevant in the contemporary United States as they are in Brazil. For example, how can communities foster a more peaceful and trusting relationship between their residents and police officers? What factors influence an officer’s decision to employ force while on duty?

Professor Magaloni is Director of the Program on Poverty and Governance (POVGOV), which seeks to understand how effective public action and good governance are essential to eliminate poverty.

A free classroom-friendly discussion guide for this video is available for download below.