A court has ordered Rio de Janeiro state to pay for psychological treatments and provide monthly stipends for the widow and children of a Brazilian laborer who was killed in police custody last year.
In a unanimous decision, a panel of civil court judges ordered the state to assume financial responsibility for the family of Amarildo de Souza, whose July 2013 disappearance has come to symbolize endemic police brutality and corruption.
Souza was last seen being taken to a police station in the Rocinha slum, and his body has never been found. More than two dozen officers have been charged in the slaying.
In a statement released Tuesday, the court quoted a judge in the case as saying the officers’ actions deprived the family of their income.