These graphic images of a badly beaten transgender prisoner have sparked outrage across Brazil after it was said police officers ‘pulverized’ her face, forced her to strip and shaved her head.
25-year-old Veronica Bolina was arrested on Sunday (12 April) for assaulting an elderly women in her apartment building in São Paulo and put in a male prison. For reasons not yet clear, the model got into a fight with a police officer during a cell transfer and bit off half his ear.
Disturbing pictures circulating on Brazilian social media show her with cuffs on her hands and feet, head shaved, breasts exposed and face disfigured from the battering she received from several officers. The incident has caused outrage among Brazilian LGBTI activists and supporters, who accuse the officers of transphobia.