Photo of Cop Pepper-Spraying Child Was Taken in Rio

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Cop Pepper-Sprays Child

Police Officer Pepper-Spraying Kid
Netlore Archive: Viral image circulating via Facebook and other social media purports to show a police officer pepper-spraying a little girl.. Original photo credited to Peter Kirilos, O Globos (Rio de Janeiro)

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: March 2011
Status: Authentic / Misrepresented

Text example:
As shared on Facebook, Oct. 22, 2011:

Look carefully, this is a photograph of a cop casually macing a child. Please share this ( especially US FB friends and let's get the SOB x

Sadly, the photograph is real, though the location where it was taken is often misstated. It's a press photo shot on March 23, 2011 during a public protest in the city of NiterĂ³i, Brazil (part of the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro) by Peter Kirilos of O Globo (The Globe), Rio's largest daily newspaper.

Publication of the image prompted an investigation by the state prosecutor, who filed a complaint in July denouncing the two military police officers involved, Captain Bruno Schorcht and soldier D'Angelo de Matos Pinel, and demanding their immediate suspension for abuse of authority.

Subsequent news reports stated that Captain Schorcht was "punished" for his actions by being transferred to another battalion and promoted to the rank of Major, but according to O Globo columnist Ancelmo Gois, Schorcht's name was "taken off the list" for promotion after the state prosecutor's complaint was filed.

Last updated 08/14/14