Here’s a video from LiveLeak. It is a link because WordPress apparently doesn’t work with LiveLeak. The video is short, but pretty graphic. Explained (?) afterward.
The guy in the white t-shirt is accused of being a thief (“ladron”) and that’s how they address him, as if “Thief” was his name. While one guy, apparently the one with the gun, gives him instructions, which he follows, another guy can be heard saying what sounds like, “Just kill him.”
They have him hold out his left hand and shoot him in the palm. Then, they have him show it… you can’t see the entry wound too much in all the blood, so they say, “Show us the other side, Thief,” and he does show the exit wound, and then he exits, stage left.
You can’t blame him for not hanging around, eh?
How come the rough justice? In Brazil, the police aren’t terribly effective. And they aren’t in a rush to come out to the favelas where a lot of the crime happens. So when crime victims catch a thief, rapist, or other criminal, justice can be nonjudicial, rough, and immediate.
This is the logical end state of a justice system that cares about criminals, but not victims. Ironically, the police will now try to hunt down the vigilantes, something they’d never bother doing for the criminals.
To the extent that they can hunt down the vigilantes without hanging it out in the favela.