Two police arrested in Brazil over killing of black activist


Two policemen were arrested Tuesday in the killing of Brazilian black activist Marielle Franco, news reports said.

These are the first arrests in a case that shocked Brazil.

Franco was a left-leaning Rio city councillor who grew up in a slum and went on to become a respected defender of blacks, the poor and the LGTB community.

She was killed a year ago in a drive-by shooting, along with her driver, Anderson Gomes.

Franco was also an outspoken critic of police violence against poor people.

News website G1 reported the arrests, quoting homicide police.

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