When Police Goes on Strike in Brazil, Civilians Die

by SamanthaW on February 11, 2017 - 10:18am

February 9, 2017


Police strikes are invading the streets of Espirito Santo, Brazilian State. A six day strike has begun and left over 100 dead civilians. There are no signs of the strike stopping anytime soon. Money has been stolen, car have been robbed, and one too many homicides has happened. Families and friends of the police officers have joined in and helped them with the strike, by blocking roads to limit the access for others. The cause of the strike is due to the lack of salary raise. The police have not gotten a raise in four years. Their monthly pay is $847.96.

Here in Canada the pay grades are a lot higher. Here is the pay grade in Canada back in 2014:


Something that could be done is, doing like the police is doing in Quebec. Instead of striking out and have hundreds of people die, wear something outraging, to be noticed. Something else that could be done, if the government cares about its people, they should talk seriously about giving the cops what they want. Not necessarily giving them a huge raise at once, but slowly give them some extra money, for all the hard work they do. If the government realizes what they do in order to keep their town and their people safe, and the death count being a lot less than it is as of right now.

Written by: Reuters





Very interesting article! I completely agree with the fact that it is horrible that innocent people are losing their lives due to these of police strikes. What i found even more interesting was your comparison to the Quebec police strikes. What could have been interesting to add would have been to mention that in 2014, Montreal police tried a similar strike tactic where approximately 100 police officers simply called in sick one Saturday. In the article from CTV news that i linked below, you can read about Mayor Denis Coderre's response of outrage. He expresses some very similar opinions to yours. Clearly this is a much smaller scale example, but i still think it could be interesting to look at.


After reading your summary, the first word that came to my head was "wow." I have never though that police officer would go that far to stop working because of their salary although I understand them. We are all human beings, and being a police officer is also a job after all, but people should not lose their lives because of that. Like you said, the Brazilian government better do something to make the situation better. Well, back to the topic, I liked the way you compared our police force to the Brazilian police and that you gave an example of what they should do. Furthermore, I didn't know about this topic at all before, but I have found some related articles that happened a long time ago that you might want to read that relates to your subject. Thanks for the info.


It never crossed my mind that an entire police corp would enter into a working strike. Your article brings to light a situation that could never arise in our first world culture, which makes it an interesting read. The dilemma you describe is a serious and difficult one. It is especially interesting to me, because I am currently taking a course on ethics. We have studied and scrutinized a few different ethical frameworks, that I think could help find a solution
Strikes are a necessary form of protest, that enable a group of workers to confront their employer. The problem here is that police officers are a necessary public service that keep people safe. So the dilemma that has arisen is, how can police officers effectively negotiate in an ethical manner.
Utilitarianism dictates that the desirable outcome is to optimize welfare for the greatest number of people. Looking at this dilemma from a utilitarian perspective is simple. The population of Espirito Santo is 3.9 million people while the police force only employs 3000 officers (if my wikipedia reference is correct). It is evident that from this viewpoint, optimization of welfare should lie with the general population and not the police force.
Another common ethical framework people use to evaluate a problem in another culture is relativism. Relativism states that only a person within the culture that the problem pertains to, can judge or intervene. This outlook declares that we, in the first world, can not evaluate the conflict because we can not understand the intricate circumstances.
A relativist perspective would recommend that the indigenous population work it out among themselves. However it is hard to imagine that their conclusions based on their local perspective and experiences would differ significantly from the teleological solution.


About the author

Samantha Williams, a Tourism student at Champlain College. Currently living on my own in Charlemagne. Planning on finishing my studies at Champlain, then go into Human Resources at Concordia. I love writing, playing sports, singing, painting, and volunteering where I may be needed.