Some of the main videos produced from Cecília Olliveira's investigations.

The truth behind Brazil’s murder rates

No Rio de Janeiro, há uma média de 14 a 15 tiroteios por dia. Neste vídeo, em inglês, Cecília Olliveira conta à revista Vice a real causa pela qual esses números são tão elevados.

How are militias made?

The fastest growing criminal scourge in Brazil is paramilitary militias. They’re formed by active duty and former police officers, soldiers, and other security forces. Cecília Olliveira explains how dirty cops quickly built the most powerful gang around.

Massacre on wheels

“The sausage truck” and “silver car” are some of the many playful nicknames for a deadly business in poor neighborhoods across Brazil. Drive-by mass shootings have become a preferred technique of terror for paramilitary death squads and drug gangs. Find out more about how they operate. 

Militias are influencing elections

Paramilitary militias — powerful gangs run by dirty cops — are a powerful force in Rio de Janeiro. Because they are part of state power, their influence on politics far exceeds that of normal drug gangs. Cecília Olliveira explains.

Shell shocked

Last year, over the course of 100 days, The Intercept Brasil combed 27 neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro in the immediate aftermath of gun battles. The bounty: 137 spent ammunition casings, or shells. Where, though, are all of these bullets coming from? The ammunition comes from just about everywhere.

"When the police kills, they tamper with the place of confrontation and pretend to help"

Levi Miranda learned a lot about how the Rio de Janeiro police really operate from his perch as a coroner and forensics expert. In the final interview before his death, Levi shared some of the many secrets he learned along the way.

A monopoly that kills

Taurus, the largest arms manufacturer in Brazil, used its lobby and alliance with the Army to protect itself from accountability for deaths caused by weapons it knew to be defective.