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The Killing ConsensusPolice, Organized Crime, and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil$
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Graham Denyer Willis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285705

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285705.001.0001

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(p.72) Chapter 4 Resistências
The Killing Consensus

Graham Denyer Willis

University of California Press

In this chapter I examine the routine practice of police cases known as “resisting arrest followed by death,” or resistência seguida de morte. I examine how normal these cases have become, why they are deemed important, and how homicide detectives investigate them as a result. I identify how a specific social category and body, the bandido, is used as means to justify and determine when police killings of citizens are legitimate and when they are not.

Keywords:   police shootings, resisting arrest followed by death, resistência seguida de morte, detectives, investigation, police residence, insecurity

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