The video alleges that police killed a man with gas and caused unrest

Unsubstantiated video footage shows police officers loading the man into a car and filling it with gas.

Protests erupted in the Brazilian city of Umbauba on Thursday after a man was killed in police custody. Video footage shows police pushing the man into the trunk of a car and filling it with gas, before stopping him. Police say he “Feeling sick” And died on the way to the police station.

Protesters write placards “Justice” And on Wednesday, after the death of Genevaldo de Jesus Santos, 38, in a show of outrage, traffic was blocked by burning barricades.

A series of graphic video clips shared on social media shows two federal highway police officers trying to stop Santos, then officers push the man into the trunk of their SUV. A The final clip Shows officers keep the trunk closed as soon as it is filled with a thick white smoke or gas. The man’s legs, seen coming out of the trunk, stopped moving after about a minute.

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An autopsy report on Thursday confirmed that Santos had died of asphyxiation and acute respiratory failure, Globo TV reported. Autopsies did not directly blame officials for Santos’ murder.

According to Federal Highway Police, Santos “Actively resisted” Officers, request to use them “Stabilization Strategy” On him. Then the police said, that person Md “Feeling sick” He died on the way back to the police station and later in the hospital. An internal investigation into the incident has begun.

Santos’ family, however, said the dead man was suffering from schizophrenia and became agitated at a traffic stop. Santos’ nephew said he tried to inform officers that his uncle was mentally ill, but police used pepper spray and physical force indiscriminately. It is not clear why the motorcyclist was stopped first.

“It was a torture session.” Santos’s nephew told local media about the public nature of the incident “Like [the police] He was making fun of the whole people. “

Activists have compared the death of black Santos to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA in May 2020. Floyd’s death, for which a Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murder, took two years. The day before Santos and the sometimes violent ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests began in the United States.

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