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Why Sao Paulo cop Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo shot BJJ champ Leandro Lo at Esporte Clube Sirio

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Leandro Pereira do Nascimento Lo, a native of São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil, has died. He was 33.

Lo was an eight-time world champion in jiu-jitsu. At a party at Esporte Clube Sírio in São Paulo at around 2:00 a.m. on August 7, 2022, he had an argument with Henrique Otávio Oliveira Velozo, 30, an off-duty Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo lieutenant.

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According to the police report, which was obtained by Combate, witnesses saw Lo take a bottle from Velozo, which the latter grabbed from the table of the former. The jiu-jitsu champion took down the military policeman and immobilized him with an armbar.

After Lo’s companions separated the two, Velozo stood up, pulled a gun and shot the jiu-jitsu champion’s forehead. The victim was rushed to Hospital Municipal Doutor Arthur Ribeiro de Saboya in São Paulo where he was pronounced dead.

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Velozo fled the scene. On August 8, 2022, the lieutenant appeared before his Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo superiors and was immediately arrested.

Aside from the testimonies of the witnesses, footage from security cameras helped identify Velozo as the gunman. He is expected to be transferred to a special penitentiary for agents of the security forces in Brazil.

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It was not the first time Velozo was arrested. At around 4:20 a.m. on October 27, 2017, while he was off duty, he went to The Week, a nightclub in Lapa, São Paulo, with his fellow military policeman named Iury Oliveira do Nascimento.

The group went there to celebrate the entry of Velozo’s cousin into a corporation. While inside the nightclub, seven boys attacked do Nascimento so Velozo tried to defend his fellow policeman.

Both Velozo and do Nascimento were injured and the Polícia Militar do Estado de São Paulo was called. One of the two military policemen who arrived first at the nightclub was Flavio Alves Ferreira.

When Ferreira tried to talk to Velozo, the latter punched the former. Velozo also tried to kick other military policemen who arrived so he was restrained, disarmed and taken to the hospital for forensic examination.

On September 15, 2020, Velozo was acquitted of charges of aggression and offense to the integrity or health of another. On May 13, 2021, the Military Court of Justice convicted him for disrespecting and assaulting colleagues in uniform.

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  1. Its brazil shame. Wouldnt be amazed if theres plenty of dirty cops like him running loose. Forcin the police head to resign and reshuffle leadership makes more sense

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