Photos taken in hospital indicate that São Paulo fan Rafael dos Santos Tercilio Garcia, 32, who died during the Brazil Cup title celebrations near the Morumbi stadium, in the west zone of São Paulo, on Sunday night (24 ), may have been hit in the head with a “bean bag”, a type of ammunition used by the Military Police to replace rubber bullets.
The report had access to images inside the Campo Limpo municipal hospital, in the south zone, while Garcia was being treated and which show an object similar to that ammunition in the young man’s head.
A bean bag is a type of bag that covers several metal spheres.
Another image shows a bag similar to a bean bag filled with blood and with metal spheres inside. The object was inside a transparent plastic bag, as if it were being preserved for forensic examination. This ammunition would have been the one that hit the fan.
When he was shot, according to a document signed by a coroner, Garcia, who was deaf, had a cap on his head, which was punctured.
Garcia was found unconscious by military police shortly after a disturbance near the Cícero Pompeu de Toledo stadium.
Civilian police officers participating in the investigations stated for the report that they do not rule out any hypothesis, such as a shot coming from a firearm or technically less lethal ammunition, such as a bean bag.
The report questioned the Public Security Secretariat and the Military Police about the use of bean bags during the dispersion of fans, but there was no response.
Garcia’s sister, trader Raisa Rochele, 33, sent the victim’s death certificate to the report, which indicates traumatic brain injury caused by a gunshot. The document was signed by the doctor from the IML (Legal Medical Institute) Douglas Alexandre Franca Bezerra.
“We want justice. My brother wasn’t a bum, he was a hard worker, a family man, a great son.
His friends loved him. He leaves behind an eight-year-old son. He loved this team,” Raisa said.
The Police Ombudsman’s Office said it was monitoring the case and had requested access to the reports and possible cameras.
In a statement, the Public Security Secretariat said that investigations are ongoing, through a police inquiry initiated by the Department of Homicide and Personal Protection, and that details will be preserved to guarantee autonomy to police work, says an excerpt from the statement.
When contacted, the Municipal Health Department, responsible for the Campo Limpo hospital, did not comment.
According to the police report, military police were in the vicinity of Avenida Jules Rimet and Rua Sérgio Paulo Freddi, between gates 6 and 7 of Morumbi, when São Paulo fans tried to invade the isolation area to access the stadium, where the team he played in the final of the Copa do Brasil with Flamengo.
Police officers managed to prevent access, but were hit by several objects thrown by fans.
According to the police, it was necessary to use chemical and explosive ammunition, as well as a baton.
Shortly afterwards, the fan was found lying unconscious on the ground. He was taken to the Campo Limpo emergency room by ambulance that was at the stadium, but he succumbed to his injuries.