In Rio, 19-year dies after supercenter security guard puts him in choke hold, lays on top of him and suffocates him; investigation in progress

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Pedro Henrique Gonzaga was suffocated to death by a security guard in an Extra supercenter in Rio de Janeiro

Note from BW of Brazil: Another tragedy in Rio and against yet another young black male. I will be reporting more on this later as the details have been pouring in since it happened. The short version of the story is that a security guard put a 19-year male, that he said had attempted to steal something, in a choke hold. With the young man on the ground, the security guard laid on top of him with his full body weight to immobilize him. The young man began to suffocate. Firefighters attempted to revive him with CPR and took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Stay tuned for more details on this sad story. 

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Image of security guard on top of 19-year old Pedro Henrique Gonzaga

Young man murdered in choke hold by security guard in Rio Supercenter

A young man was murdered in the Extra hypermarket, at dawn this Friday in Rio de Janeiro; the security guard David Ricardo Moreira immobilized Pedro Henrique with a choke hold, causing asphyxia in the boy; Firefighters went to the market and tried to revive him, without success; David was arrested and will respond to the charge of manslaughter, as the police chief understood that “there was no intention to kill”

Courtesy of Brasil 247

Security guard Davi Ricardo Moreira, arrested for immobilizing and murdering the Pedro Henrique Gonzaga, with a “choke hold” at a hypermarket in Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone of Rio, was released from the Homicide Office of the capital city at dawn this Friday (15). According to the Civil Police, the security guard will respond in freedom after the payment of bail. The information is from the G1.

The mother of 19-year old Pedro Henrique Gonzaga, who died on Thursday (14) after being put in a choke-hold of a supermarket security guard in the West Zone of Rio, is very shaken up because she was there and witnessed everything. According to the 25-year-old’s stepfather, he had mental problems and was a drug user.

Images show that the boy was totally immobilized by security and that clients of Extra supermarket in Barra da Tijuca even tried to persuade the guard to release the young man.

Security David Ricardo Moreira immobilized Pedro Henrique throughout the video, which was almost two minutes. Firefighters went to the market and tried to revive the boy. He was taken to the Hospital Municipal Lourenço Jorge, where he went into cardiac arrest and died.

The boy’s stepfather testified at the Homicide Department in Barra da Tijuca. Police will also hear Pedro Henrique’s mother.

David was arrested and will respond for manslaughter – for which there was no intention to kill. The police chief responsible for the case explained that security guard went beyond self-defense. He also said that there are few elements that characterize intent to kill and that the guard was reckless, because he is trained for this type of approach.

Positioning of the Extra supermarket

In a statement, the Extra supermarket, belonging to Grupo Pão de Açúcar, said it repudiated acts of violence in its stores and opened an internal investigation to investigate the case. Initially, according to the company, it was found that “it was a reaction to the attempt to steal the weapon of one of the security guards of the Barra da Tijuca unit.” He also informed that the security guards involved were removed.

19-year-old died after being immobilized in a “choke hold” by a security guard of the Extra hypermarket in Barra da Tijuca pic.twitter.com/gGBK7Ge7iR

Source: Brasil 247

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