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Police fire at Cup protesters

on June 16, 2014 10:45 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A police officer sitting on a motorcycle can be seen in an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters near Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana soccer stadium.

During the small but violent protest that played out about a mile from the stadium, a second man, who was in street clothes but identified himself as a police officer, also pulled a pistol and fired two shots into the air. The AP couldn’t confirm the man was an officer. Pedro Dantas, a spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro security secretariat that oversees all security forces, said in a phone interview that if authorities verify the accuracy of the video, “we’ll immediately open an investigation into the incident.”

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