João Alberto Silveira Freitas was beaten and killed by security guards from an outsourced company in the parking lot of a group unit; crime happened in november of last year

Video playback / 10.20.2020Exemplar deals in depth with the episode of João Alberto Freitas’ death in a chain supermarket in Porto Alegre

A Zumbi dos Palmares University must file a police report against the Carrefour. The group is accused of censoring the release of a book about the episode of the death of the black client João Alberto Silveira Freitas. O The book “Caso Carrefour, Private Security and Racism” is the result of a survey carried out by the professor at Unicamp, Susana Durão, together with the coordinator of the study group “security of the future” at the Zumbi dos Palmares College. The issue deals in depth with the episode of João Alberto Freitas’ death in a chain supermarket in Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul, in November 2020. The work also brings reflections on what would be the best practices in preventive property security. The book was launched on Tuesday and an invitation was sent to the Carrefour group. O dean of the Zumbi dos Palmares college, José Vicente, said that, in response to the invitation, the company said it would seek the criminal liability of those involved in the material for damage caused to Carrefour’s image by association with the practice of racism and misuse of documents.

José Vicente claims that this is censorship and is going to issue a police report. “We feel extremely intimidated, censored and feel threatened and embarrassed by this criminal conduct. We want to vehemently repudiate Carrefour’s totally insane attitude of wanting to silence scientific research, carried out with the rigors of the structures and bases of science”, he points out. João Alberto Freitas, 40 years old, was beaten and killed by security guards from a third-party company in the parking lot of the Carrefour network unit. The crime took place on November 19, 2020, the eve of Black Consciousness Day. In a statement, Carrefour said that it was not sought to contribute to the book and that it observed internal documents published with the company’s consent. The group underscored its commitment to combat structural racism in Brazil and said that since the event it has maintained a transparent and collaborative posture, having signed a term of commitment with public authorities in the amount of R$115 million in actions in favor of racial equality.

*With information from reporter Carolina Abelin

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