Rio policeman who killed Spanish tourist charged

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 - 04:00 GMT

© AFP | Policemen stand guard at the entrance of Miguel Couto Hospital, where a Spanish tourist was taken after being shot by a police

© AFP | Policemen stand guard at the entrance of Miguel Couto Hospital, where a Spanish tourist was taken after being shot by a police

RIO DE JANEIRO - 25 October 2017: A Rio de Janeiro police officer who fatally shot a Spanish tourist in a dangerous favela slum was freed Tuesday from detention but has been charged with homicide.

The officer, Davi dos Santos Ribeiro, was detained soon after Monday's incident, before being freed by a court the following day.

He has been placed on desk duty. The policeman "does not have the psychological conditions" for street patrol work, the judge ruled, although he stressed the officer's clean record prior to the "tragic incident."

The shooting took place in Rio's gang-plagued Rocinha favela, when officers say they opened fire on a car breaking through a security cordon, not knowing that it carried tourists. A Spanish woman died of her wounds in hospital.

Earlier, police from an elite unit fought with drug gang members in two locations in Rocinha, a favela that has long been almost beyond the control of the authorities.

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