Nov. 15 - Brazilian officials struggle to put an end to a wave of police killings attributed to a major drug gang in business capital Sao Paulo. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Targeting police in Brazil
A female police officer is gunned down in front of her daughter in Sao Paulo Brazil.
44 year old Marta Umbelina da Silva, 44, was opening the garage in her home Saturday night when she was shot her ten times. Her 11-year-old daughter screamed for help, but it was too late.
Authorities say more than half of the 95 police murders this year in greater Sao Paulo have occurred in similar execution-style fashion.
Some fear the crackdown on drugs in the country is turning into an outright war.
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) SALESMAN, CLAUDIO MENDES, SAYING:
"We feel a lot of fear. I think we should mobilize because we, the people, are the ones suffering the most because we stand in the middle of the crossfire, with the police on one side and criminals on the other side."
The bloodshed has been concentrated in poorer areas and has not caused major disruptions to Sao Paulo's business community.
But the violence is feeding doubts over whether Brazil can guarantee safety during the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament, which is scheduled to open in Sao Paulo.