Two Former Cops Arrested for Brazilian Politician’s Murder
Investigators say Ronnie Lessa and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz carefully planned their attack on Rio de Janeiro City Councilor Marielle Franco, who was shot dead in her car last March. The retired military police officers allegedly spent months following Franco, whose progressive and community-minded policies were detailed in a 2016 OZY profile. She was known for condemning police violence and fighting for women’s and minorities’ rights.
Where will the investigation lead? While authorities say the men were likely repulsed by Franco’s politics, her colleagues believe they were acting on orders from higher up.