Residents worldwide are outraged after seeing a photo of a member of the Brazilian military police spraying a dog in the face with pepper spray.
After military police had responded to a shout out in the Rochina favelas at around 5 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, a photographer snapped a shot of one of the officers spraying a dog’s eyes with pepper spray and he and other officers appear to be walking casually by.
The photo, which was taken by a photographer with the Blobo news agency, quickly went viral, with more than 3,700 comments on and 12,000 shares Globo’s story by Monday. As the outrage grew, many called for an investigation.
Major Edson Santos, the patrols’ commander, stated that he was going to speak with the officer in the photo, but said he could have used the spray on the dog because it was attacking him, pointing out that pepper spray is a non-lethal weapon.
Though the recent attempts to quell violence and crime in across the Rio area have been successful, the favelas of Rochina have not responded as well to the pacification process.
Many of the residents have stated they find the military police’s conduct too aggressive and not helpful to the community.