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Brazil: two ex-police charged with murder of lesbian activist politician Marielle Franco and her driver

Marielle Franco

Two former police officers have been arrested over the murder of the Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco, two days before the first anniversary of her death, which prompted international outrage. Franco, a groundbreaking politician who was born in one of Rio’s largest favelas and became a voice for disadvantaged people in the city, was killed in a drive-by shooting along with her driver, Anderson Gomes. She had criticised police killings in the favelas where she grew up and took part in a 2008 state legislature inquiry into the paramilitary gangs that dominate large areas of Rio state. Known as militias, these groups often include police officers. The suspects were identified as Ronnie Lessa, a retired military police officer, and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former police officer.
Continue reading at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/12/police-officers-arrested-murder-brazilian-politician-marielle-franco

Original article: Protests held across Brazil after lesbian Rio councillor shot dead

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Erika Shields: Atlanta’s first openly lesbian police chief

You could argue that there’s no better or no worse time to be a police chief in Atlanta than right now. Although 2016 was Atlanta’s deadliest year in nearly a decade, the numbers of robberies, burglaries, and aggravated assaults in the city were down 27 percent going into this year. At the same time, heightened awareness of officer-involved shootings across the country has amplified calls to make the APD more transparent, accountable, and connected to the communities it serves. Cops are under intense scrutiny, making it hard to recruit and retain quality officers—especially when APD recruits earn a salary of just $35,000.

Continue reading at: The Chief: Erika Shields wants to change the way Atlanta police tackle crime – Atlanta Magazine (Source)

Philippines: Local police organize beauty pageant for lesbian cops, solution to ending discrimination

Organizers led by Eastern Police District Director Romulo Sapitula, hope that the contest would help end gender discrimination and show equality for members of the LGBT community in the police force.

The event featured a talent section, a casual wear segment, and a formal wear round, and was held at the Tanghalang Pasigueño in Pasig City Friday night.

Continue reading at: ‘Gwapulis Din’: Pageant for lesbian cops aims to end discrimination | ABS-CBN News (Source)