GOIAS, BRAZIL — A photo is circulating online showing a protester being hit with so much force by a military police officer that the officer’s baton snapped upon impact.
It another painful reminder that police misconduct is a global phenomenon, and is fundamentally a human rights issue.
Matthew Ferreira da Silva was participating in protests that were part of a general strike in the region.
He is a student currently studying Social Sciences and shared the concerns of many protesters about political corruption.
He was evidently not engaged in aggressive behavior at the time of the attack, which has prompted the Military Police Magistrate to investigate the photographic evidence and hold the officer accountable.
“I want justice,” said Matthew’s mother. “That person who did this to my son must have children too. He must realize what he did wrong. Let him be punished, ” she continued.
Matthew was rushed to the hospital where the injury required four hours of surgery to repair the frontal bones of his face.
He has been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and suffered multiple skull fractures.
To make matters worse, some witnesses were suggesting that the officer was smiling as he felt the baton driving into Matthew’s skull.
A close-up of the image may have caught this.
While it is difficult to say for sure whether the expression is a smile or a wincing from effort, but regardless, the action has sparked widespread condemnation in Brazil and citizens there are demanding that the officer involved is held accountable.
Here’s what social networks say about this:
Jason Johnson What was Matthew doing and why is he wearing a mask?
Who wears a mask in the daytime? What did he say to the cop? Could all this been avoided if he had done what the cop asked?
Justin LaVasse Oh ya maybe he was hiding a grenade launcher under his mask. Definitely let corrupt police like this know your real identity. Always obey the guys with the swastika if you don’t want to get hurt, Er I mean badge. Now get in the over…smh
Teresa Ann That’s assult all day long.. All the kids were wear the scarf on there faces..college.. Law need to give us respect to . .and there is some thing else he could of done other than hit him in the face with that so hard it broke….mace…bean bag gun etc…what if were your kid…both sides showed violence…
Raul Rangel With as much credit people have that are willing to destroy someone he who is willing to innovate for us to have a more functional and prosperous life should have full support not because our representatives decide but beacause we the people decide not whats right for one but what is right for all
William Young Civil disobedience is not rioting. Peaceful protest doesn’t mean destroying things. Wearing masks is a cowards move. If you believe in the cause show it !! Backpack carrying masked punks are a threat to everyone, what are all these libs going to say when a terrorist sets off a bomb in a backpack??? Quit being punks. Stand up, take your pussy mask off and be counted if you really believe in the cause