RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The human rights organization Amnesty International says extrajudicial executions by police officers are frequent in Brazil and its slamming Rio de Janeiro's police for what it calls "unnecessary and disproportional use of force."
In a report released Monday, the group says Rio's police operate with "total impunity," regularly executing mostly young, mostly black and mostly poor people in the city's violent slums. It says police often try to cover up the executions by alleging victims were killed in firefights or by planting weapons on the corpses.
Rio's state security secretariat declined to comment directly on the report, but stressed that in June, homicides in the state dropped to their lowest levels in 24 years.
Brazil has more homicides than any other country, with some 56,000 people slain in 2012.