Black Talk #120: The unfolding of the Beto case, killed at Carrefour in RS – 05/04/2023

In this episode of Papo Preto, the editor-in-chief of Alma Preta Jornalismo, Pedro Borges, tells the backstage and unfolding of the Beto Freitas case, the black man who in 2020 was beaten to death by security guards who provided service at the Carrefour network in Porto Alegre.

On November 19, 2020, two outsourced security guards from the Vector Company beat Beto to death, after alleged disagreements between him and a cashier.

“This case has become very important for our generation, because it is the case of a 40-year-old black man who was beaten by security guards from an outsourced company,” says Borges.

“Furthermore, the death was filmed and happened on November 19, the day before the date on which Black Consciousness Day is celebrated in Brazil. All these elements made the case gain a lot of projection” (from 02:50 of the file above).

The journalist says that this process exposes the “racist and classist character of the Brazilian judiciary”, since it allowed Carrefour to exempt itself from any responsibility for the fact and accepted the establishment of a Term of Adjustment of Conduct (TAC) instead of blaming criminally the network for the crime.

“For a company with a powerful CNPJ it is possible to negotiate its crimes. A citizen who comes out on the street and takes the life of another person does not have the possibility of signing a conduct adjustment term, he will respond and will be arrested”, he says from 15:55 of the above file.

Alma Preta’s series of reports also addresses the failure of the Carrefour chain to no longer hire outsourced companies to provide security for its stores, as agreed in the TAC. According to Borges, the network has contracts worth R$40 million with private security companies.

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