Both 15, the case happened as they left the clothing store. According to their account, they were assaulted by two employees on the escalator
The first boy (above in blue background) remembered the incident this way: “I was going to another store and he came toward me said, ‘Come with me.’ I said, ‘Why? For what reason?’ He said, ‘You know very well what you did, we have the video there in the store'”. The second teen reported this: “He searched my backpack, looked, saw nothing. Then one of them became frustrated, started screaming expletives, lifted me up by the collar”, said the other teenager, both of whom preferred to hide their identities.
* – Before proceeding with the details of this incident, it is necessary to explain a little about the racial dynamics of Salvador, Bahia, located in Brazil’s northeast. According to statistics, the racial composition of the city is 76.5% Afro-Brazilian and 23.5% white. In the entire city of Salvador, the white population is the majority in only 9 of 88 Demographic Expansion Areas, with Barra, an upper-middle class neighborhood, being one of them. Persons who consider themselves to be white make up 71.7% of this neighborhood. Salvador, Bahia, is nicknamed the “Black Rome” because of its large black population and its strong connections to African culture. Because middle-upper class neighborhoods in Salvador are primarily white and its political structure dominated by white elites, Salvador is sometimes compared to Apartheid era South Africa where a small population of whites had higher quality of life standards and dominated the black majority.