HomeNewsBriefSão Paulo Sees Bloodiest Night with 20 Murders
BRIEF

São Paulo Sees Bloodiest Night with 20 Murders

BRAZIL / 29 OCT 2012 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

Murders in the Brazilian city of São Paulo are surging, with 20 homicides in a 24-hour period this weekend, marking one of the most violent days of recent years.

Homicides in Brazil’s largest city nearly doubled from 69 killings in September 2011 to 135 in 2012.

Analysts attributed the city’s crime spike in part to a cycle of revenge killings between police and São Paulo’s most powerful drug trafficking group, the First Capital Command (PCC). Some 85 police officers were killed in São Paulo state between January and September 2012. In total, some 382 people died in clashes between the city’s military police and alleged criminals in that period, Globo reported.

São Paulo’s police chief Antonio Ferreira Pinto dismissed speculations that the crime wave was a result of failures in police strategy. “It’s a wave that ebbs and flows,” he said. Recent reports suggest, however, that the killing spree has continued into October, according to Clarin newspaper, with some 20 murders reported in the city in 24 hours on October 26-27. Brazilian media described this as one of the most violent days in recent years.

InSight Crime Analysis

São Paulo has made significant security gains in the last 12 years, bringing the state’s murder rate down from 35 per 100,000 residents in 1999 to 10 per 100,000 in 2011, or 4,321 murders that year, according to São Paulo's Public Safety Secretariat.

The PCC, meanwhile, has gained a stronger foothold on the drug trade throughout Brazil and is extending its reach into neighboring Paraguay and Bolivia.

But a series of assaults on São Paulo’s police, with seven officers killed and five police stations attacked in June 2012, followed by police killing eight people in six separate incidents in the course of one night, has caused experts to say that the crime wave as the result of a war between the city’s police and its mafia. This conflict goes back to May 2006, when the PCC paralyzed São Paulo with a string of attacks that left 40 officers dead.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 9 AUG 2017

On December 21, 2016, the US Department of Justice and Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht reached a record-setting anti-corruption settlement that…

ARGENTINA / 19 JUL 2012

Argentina's Armed Forces have lost track of more than 400 firearms in the past two years, according to a government…

ECUADOR / 22 MAR 2021

Drug trafficking and transnational organized crime have been blamed for deadly riots among rival gangs in Ecuador's prisons, but the…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…