Reports 2019

Report on the use and abuse of lethal force in Latin America:
A Comparative Study of Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela (2019)


According to official sources, in Venezuela

the number of killed civilians by on-duty public security agents by gunshot in 2017 was:

4998

This represents a rate of 15.9 civilians killed for every 100,000 inhabitants this year.


According to official sources, in Venezuela

in 2017, the proportion of intentional homicides that correspond to homicides by gunshot caused by on-duty public security agent’s interventions was:

25,8%

According to official sources, in Venezuela

in 2017, the ratio between civilians killed by gunshot by on-duty public security agents and public security agents who were victims of homicides by gunshot while on duty was

26,3


According to information from press releases, in Mexico

the number of killed civilians by on-duty public security agents by gunshot in 2017 was:

371

This represents a rate of 0.3 civilians killed for every 100,000 inhabitants this year.


According to information from press releases, in Mexico

in 2017, the proportion of intentional homicides that correspond to homicides by gunshot caused by on-duty public security agent’s interventions was:

1.2%

According to information from press releases, in Mexico

in 2017, the ratio between civilians killed by gunshot by on-duty public security agents and public security agents who were victims of homicides by gunshot while on duty was

4,6


According to official sources, in El Salvador

the number of killed civilians by on-duty public security agents by gunshot in 2017 was:

407

This represents a rate of 6.18 civilians killed for every 100,000 inhabitants this year.


According to official sources, in El Salvador

in 2017, the proportion of intentional homicides that correspond to homicides by gunshot caused by on-duty public security agent’s interventions was:

10,3%

According to official sources, in El Salvador

in 2017, the ratio between civilians killed by gunshot by on-duty public security agents and public security agents who were victims of homicides by gunshot while on duty was

101,8


According to official sources, in Colombia

the number of killed civilians by on-duty public security agents by gunshot in 2017 was:

169

This represents a rate of 0.3 civilians killed for every 100,000 inhabitants this year.


According to official sources, in Colombia

in 2017, the proportion of intentional homicides that correspond to homicides by gunshot caused by on-duty public security agent’s interventions was:

1,5%

According to official sources, in Colombia

in 2017, the ratio between civilians killed by gunshot by on-duty public security agents and public security agents who were victims of homicides by gunshot while on duty was

1,2


According to official sources, in Brazil

the number of killed civilians by on-duty public security agents by gunshot in 2017 was:

4670

This represents a rate of 2.3 civilians killed for every 100,000 inhabitants this year.


According to official sources, in Brazil

In 2017, the proportion of intentional homicides that correspond to homicides by gunshot caused by on-duty public security agent’s interventions was:

7.3%

According to official sources, in Brazil

in 2017, the ratio between civilians killed by gunshot by on-duty public security agents and public security agents who were victims of homicides by gunshot while on duty was

57,7