The Federal Highway Police (PRF) announced today (26) the removal of the agents involved in the death of Genivaldo de Jesus Santos, which occurred during an approach made yesterday (25) by federal highway police on BR-101, in Sergipe. In a statement, the corporation stated that it initiated a disciplinary process “to elucidate the facts” and the agents were removed from policing activities.
“The Federal Highway Police informs that it is committed to the unequivocal investigation of the circumstances related to the occurrence in the state of Sergipe, collaborating with the authorities responsible for the investigation. The PRF instituted disciplinary proceedings to clarify the facts and the agents involved were removed from policing activities,” the PRF said in a statement.
The Federal Police (PF) opened an investigation into the case and has already started efforts to clarify “as soon as possible” what happened, as stated in a note.
Through his social networks, the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anderson Torres, said this Thursday that he ordered the Federal Police and the Federal Highway Police to open an investigation into the incident. “Our objective is to clarify the episode with the brevity that the case requires”, wrote the minister.
Images posted on the internet show the victim trapped inside a smoky vehicle. The man struggles with his legs out as a highway patrolman keeps the trunk lid down, preventing the man from getting out. The suspicion is that the smoke was a gas fired by the police, which would have resulted in the death of Genivaldo by asphyxiation.
According to the Instituto Médico Legal (IML) of Sergipe, a necropsy was performed and the material collected was sent to the Institute of Forensic Analysis and Research (IAPF) to elucidate the immediate cause of death. It was preliminarily identified that the victim had acute insufficiency secondary to asphyxia as the cause of death.