What happened inside a decrepit Brazilian prison over the weekend serves as a stark reminder that we are blessed to enjoy the best justice system in the world, here in the United States, where something so unspeakably brutal would never happen.
The bodies of thirty-three “lags” can be seen in graphic new photos that depict a gruesome killing spree at Monte Cristo Prison, Boa Vista in the Brazilian state of Roraima. The victims had their hearts and intestines ripped out in a bloody riot, which led to the massacre.
No clear motive for the bloodbath as emerged, although The Sun reports that it was instigated by a notorious drug gang. Officers and a heavily armed military-like riot squad were deployed to the scene, where the mutilated bodies of butchered inmates were piled on top of one another.
Uziel de Castro, head of security for Roraima, blamed the violence on the Sao Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC) drug gang:
“This is a national crises. There was no confrontation, this was a killing spree. It was barbaric. Some were beheaded, others had their hearts or intestines ripped out.”
PCC is Brazil’s largest gang.
Agricola de Monte Cristo Penitentiary only has the capacity for 750 prisoners, but there are 1,475 inmates currently staying there, nearly double what the facility can accommodate. Authorities had requested more than once that the federal government deal with the state of the failing prison, but no support was sent.
This is not the first episode of violence at the dangerous prison. In October, 100 visitors were taken hostage by inmates who had weapons. Security eventually ended the siege.
According to The Washington Post, following Friday’s massacre, fears have increased that the violence could spread to the streets, as gangs vie for influence and territory both inside prisons and in slums where trafficking operations are based.
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